Nigerian finance minister's mother kidnapped
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police say kidnappers have abducted the finance minister's mother from her home in the West African nation's oil-rich delta.
National police spokesman Frank Mba told The Associated Press that Kamene Okonjo, mother of Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was kidnapped Sunday afternoon in Delta state.
He says "no stone would be left unturned" to secure her freedom.
Finance Ministry spokesman Paul Nwabuikwu said in a statement Sunday the minister had received threats in the past.
The abduction occurred in an oil-rich region where kidnappings that once affected mainly expatriate workers have increasingly targeted middle-class and elite Nigerian families.