It was jubilation galore when the four catholic sisters abducted recently at Umulolo community along Okigwe-Enugu Expressway in Imo State regained their freedom.
The sisters identified as Johannes Nwodo, Christabel Echemazu, Liberata Mbamalu, and Benita Agu were said to be on the way to a morning mass when they were kidnapped.
Imo State police spokesman, Michael Abattam who on Wednesday, confirmed their release, said: “The four reverend sisters have been freed. They were released yesterday”.
According to him, the hostages were released “unhurt”, but he refused to reveal if a ransom was paid.
Also, confirming the release of the sisters to the press in Owerri was the Secretary-General of Sisters of Jesus The Saviour (Generalate), Zita Ihedoro,
“Today is a memorable day for us. Therefore, we wish to share this joy with all men and women of goodwill who in one way or the other contributed to the quick and safe release of our dear sisters,” she added.
“We sincerely appreciate and thank you for your prayers and moral support during this difficult moment. May Jesus the Saviour whom we have come to serve, bless, protect and provide for you, especially in times of difficulty.”
The abduction of the Catholic sisters was the latest attack n the southeast where separatist tensions are on the rise.