These demands were not to the knowledge of the police.
We have to identify the source of the call. Anybody can make spurious calls and demands.
The Delta State Police Command has said that reports of phone calls demanding $1bn as ransom by the abductors for the release of Professor Kanene Okonjo, the mother of the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as false.
According to Mr Ikechukwu Aduba, the Commissioner of Police, these demands were not to the knowledge of the police.
Reuters reported that someone, possibly one of the kidnappers, had made the demand in a phone call on Monday. However, there was no way of confirming the genuineness of the phone call.
“We have to identify the source of the call. Anybody can make spurious calls and demands,” said Delta State Police spokesman, Sergie Ezegam, without giving details of who was contacted or what was demanded.
“We still don’t know the reason for her abduction. What we know is that this is a crime, the woman’s life is in danger and we are making frantic efforts to rescue her.”
The mother of the Finance Minister was kidnapped on Sunday afternoon from her home in Ogwashi-Uku by eight men who invaded her husband’s palace.
Not long after their arrest, the police disclosed that they had already obtained valuable information about the kidnappers and were hot on their heels.