Gunmen abduct four Imo Catholic sisters

Abducted Imo Catholic sisters regain freedom

At least four Reverend sisters of the Catholic Church in Imo State have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen during an attack on Sunday.

This is coming about a week after a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Chinedu Nwadike was kidnapped along the now dreaded Okigwe-Enugu Road, only to be fired two days later.

However, The PUNCH reported that the fresh abduction occurred on the same road as the victims were heading to morning mass.

The four kidnapped Rev. sisters are: sisters Johannes Nwodo, Christabel Echemazu, Liberata Mbamalu and Benita Agu.

The sisters joined the list of kidnap victims in the state, including the Primate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Catholic priests, and travellers.

A statement issued by The Sisters Of Jesus The Saviour (Generalate) obtained by our correspondent disclosed that the women of God were abducted at the Okigwe-Umulolo area of the expressway.

The statement, which was issued by Sister Zita Ihedoro, the Secretary-General of the religious body, asked all religious faithful to pray for the quick and safe return of the victims.

The statement which was tagged “sad news” read, “sisters Johannes Nwodo, Christabel Echemazu, Liberata Mbamalu and Benita Agu are kidnapped.

“Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, it is with great pain that we bring to your notice the kidnapping of four of our sisters mentioned above.

“The sad event of their abduction occurred around Okigwe-Umulolo area this morning shortly after the sisters were on their way to thanksgiving mass of our sister.

“We implore for intense prayer for their quick and safe release. May Jesus the saviour listen to our prayers and may our mother Mary intercede for the unconditional release of our dear sisters.”

The Spokesperson for the police in the state, Micheal Abattam, had yet to respond to an inquiry concerning the abduction as of the time of filing this report.