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April 22, 2018

Abducted Rev Sisters released – After nearly two months in kidnappers den

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The six females, including three reverend sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent, who were kidnapped by gunmen in Edo State in November 2017, have regained their freedom.

Superior-General of the Convent, Sister Agatha Osarekhoe, who confirmed the development on Sunday, said the sisters returned unhurt.

According to her, “we are happy; to God be the glory! One (Ajayi) was released yesterday (Saturday) and the others were  released later, the next day. They are fine. They are receiving some medical check-up in a hospital.”

Recall that armed men had, on November 13, 2017, invaded the convent of the sisters in Iguoriakhi, Ovia South-West Local Government Area of the state and went away with six of them in a speed boat.

The kidnappers were said to have later demanded a ransom of N20 million. However, the Superior-General disclosed that no ransom was paid, even as she said that the Police did their best to ensure that the sisters regained their freedom. Her words: “No ransom was paid. Well, we know that they (Police) did their best because they are aware.

They had to do their work. The most important thing is that our sisters are out.”

Contacted, the State Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, disclosed that the sisters were rescued during an operation by policemen from the command. According to him, the abductors fled on sighting security operatives, the victims were taken to a secure health facility for medical attention. He added: “Police operatives closed in on the daredevil kidnappers and they had no other option than to release the reverend sisters.”

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