Kidnapped Catholic Reverend Sisters freed in Imo

The four Catholic Church Reverend Sisters who were kidnapped last Sunday at Okigwe-Umulolo axis in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State have regained their freedom.

The Reverend Sisters, identified as Christabel Echemazu, Johannes Nwodo, Benita Agu, and Liberata Mbamalu, were kidnapped on their way to a thanksgiving mass of one of their colleagues.

The news of their release was disclosed by the Secretary-General of Sisters of Jesus The Saviour (Generalate), Zita Ihedoro, to journalists in Owerri, the state capital, on Tuesday.

Sister Ihedoro, announcing their release, said, “With hearts full of joy the sisters of Jesus the Saviour wish to announce the unconditional and safe release of four of our sisters, who were abducted around Okigwe-Umulolo axis on August 21, 2022.

“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.

“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 news of their release was greeted with jubilation on social media.

Fada Mentor posted on Facebook, “Good news! The kidnapped Rev. Sisters of The Sisters of Jesus the Saviour, Elele Portharcourt, have been freed. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for your mercy and love. God bless you all.”

Rosemary Anyabuike said, “Thank you Jesus for saving your daughters from the hands of the bandit. May your name be praised. Amen.”

Esther Chinaso wrote, “Thank you Jesus for our blessed Mother of Perpetual Help. Thank you for your intercession.”

On her part, Chikodi Mbosa commented, “We are grateful O Lord. I was thrown off balance. Glory to Jesus.”

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