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July 18, 2018

Rev. Sisters narrate experience in kidnappers’ den

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One of the six freed Reverend Sisters kidnapped in Edo State has narrated how they were praying for their abductors while in their custody. Sister Veronica Ajayi described the experience as “horrible and painful.”
She spoke at a thanksgiving Mass held at St. Joseph Catholic Church Benin on Sunday. It was held for the safe return of three Reverend Sisters and three aspiring ones from kidnappers den in Ovia South West Local Government Area.
Gunmen had on November 3, 2017 at the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent in Iguoriakhi, Ovia South West Local Government Area abducted Sisters Veronica Ajayi, Roseline Isiocha, Frances Udi, Maria Massingne, Anne Ocheni and Vivian Iwhu.
The Sisters spent 53 days in the kidnappers den before they were rescued after their abductors fled. Sister Ajayi said their constant prayers made one of the kidnappers want to learn the ways of God.
She said: “The experience with the kidnappers has helped me to trust in God more. This experience will help me to help others keep their faith in God. We were sleeping when they came. When they were taking us away, I kept trusting that God has a reason for it. We were praying for the kidnappers.”
Archbishop of Benin Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze, urged the federal government to treat criminality as criminality.
Archbishop Akubeze who presided over the Mass said it was to thank God for answering the prayers they offered in faith.
The prelate said the government should act as a government when dealing with crimes and issues of herdsmen.
He said: “Six of our sisters were kidnapped by unknown gunmen and we have been praying. We are thanking God for answering our prayers. Our prayers were effective and they were freed. We thanked the police and DSS. They really worked. The youths should be given jobs.
“The sisters carry out humanitarian work. They work to show people the face of God. They are intelligent, educated and work hard for no material gain. Yet, these gunmen had the audacity to kidnap these beloved of Christ,” he said.
The Bishop, who described kidnapping as an act of terrorism, prayed that kidnappers should repent.



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