Gunmen in Nigeria kidnap four Catholic nuns on highway

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Gunmen in Nigeria kidnap four Catholic nuns on highway

Four Catholic nuns were kidnapped by gunmen on a highway in Nigeria’s southeast Imo state, which produces oil. This is the most recent example of the pervasive instability that makes driving dangerous.

Three months have passed since the country’s Methodist Church leader was kidnapped by armed men in the area. The preacher was purportedly paid a ransom of 100 million naira (about $235,000) by his kidnappers and was freed just a few hours after being taken.

Armed gangs have been abducting individuals, including priests, from villages and roads for ransom mostly in the country’s northwest, and the practice has expanded to other regions, escalating the level of insecurity in Africa’s most populous country.
The four sisters were kidnapped, according to Zita Ihedoro, secretary general of the Sisters of Jesus, the Saviour Generalate, on Sunday when they were driving from Rivers state to Imo for a thanksgiving liturgy.

“We implore for intense prayer for their quick and safe release,” Ihedoro said in a statement.
Police in Imo are following the kidnappers, according to police spokesperson Michael Abattam.
“We are presently on their trail,” Abattam told CNN Tuesday. “We are doing everything to see that they (the nuns) are rescued.”
Nigeria’s military has launched an air attack in the northwest to destroy the armed groups in the area that are abducting residents of the villages and towns there.
“In the Northwest specifically, the effect of strikes undertaken by NAF (Nigerian Air Force) aircraft have revealed that several terrorists have been eliminated and their enclaves destroyed,” Recently, the Nigerian Air Force released a statement.

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