The statement reads in full:
Earlier today, Professor (Mrs) Kamene Okonjo, wife of Professor Chukuka Okonjo, the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku and mother of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was abducted from her home in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State.
At this point, it is difficult to say whether those behind this action are the same people who have made threats against the Coordinating Minister in the recent past or other elements with hostile motives.
No possibility can be ruled out at this point. This is obviously a very difficult time for the entire Okonjo. But the family is hopeful of a positive outcome as it fervently prays for the quick and safe return of the matriarch.
Paul C Nwabuikwu
Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance
News Release, December 10, 2012
Madam Okonjo was kidnapped sunday afternoon from the palace of the traditional ruler of Ogwashi-uku, Obi (Prof.) Chukwuka Okonjo. According to Sahara Reporters,82 year old Mrs. Kanene Okonjo and the queen mother of Ogwashi uku was abducted around 1:47PM by a gang of armed men who seized her at the gate of the palace at Ogbe-ofu and took her away while the husband had traveled out of town.
The police said they arrested a man who allegedly left the compound few minutes before the incident took place.
They also reported that the finance minister was currently in Abuja making arrangements with security agents to free her mother according to family sources.