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.