Group Photograph of Reverend Sisters in Issele-Uku Diocese of Catholic Church
Gunmen and kidnappers have again struck in Delta state, one of the Niger Delta state in Nigeria as they attacked and abduct 5- Catholic nuns belonging to the Order of the Missionary of Martha and Mary under the Diocese of Issele- Uku in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Also during the attack, two other nuns were sustained injuries on their legs when the criminals shot at the private vehicle that was conveying them in a desperate attempt to force them to stop. They later left with five of the Sisters and disappeared into the adjoining bush.
The incident happened in Agbor near the railway line and it was when the sisters were returning from a burial ceremony in the eastern part of the country. It is has been confirmed that ever since the hoodlums went away with five of the Reverend Sisters nothing has been heard from them at press time.
St Paul Cathedral, Issele Uku Diocese
The Delta State Police Commissioner while speaking to Channels Television confirmed the incident while assuring that efforts have been intensified to bring the culprits to book.
Kidnapped of reverend sisters has been in vogue in the Niger Delta area for some years now though this is the first notable incident this year.
It would be recalled that on 13th November 2018 in Edo state six females including three reverend sisters were kidnapped when gunmen stormed their residence at Iguoriakhi in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State and went off with their captives in a speedboat.
Delta State Police Commissioner Mohammed Mustafa
However, all the abductees were subsequently released unhurt on January 8th, 2018 fifty days later by their captors. The Catholic Church had then denied paying any ransom to secure the release of the abducted sisters even though they acknowledged that ransom money was demanded by the criminals.