http://allafrica.com reports that the kidnappers of Prof. Kamene Okonjo have demanded N200 Million. Okonjo is the mother of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The 82-year old woman is also the wife of the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom, Professor Chukwuka Aninshi Okonjo Agbogid.
The abduction occured on Dec. 11 at about 1:30 pm at the husband’s palace in Ogbe-Ofu quarters. Eight gunmen stormed the palace in two Audi 80 cars. The policeman normally on duty was absent, giving the kidnappers easy access to the palace. Workers renovating the palace were held at gunpoint, while Prof. Kamene Okonjo was taken away.