Nigeria: Gunmen kidnap 4 Catholic nuns on freeway in Imo state

The newest abduction comes three months after the pinnacle of the nation’s Methodist Church was whisked away by gunmen within the area. The cleric was launched barely a day after his kidnap after allegedly paying his captors a ransom of 100 million naira (round $235,000).

Armed gangs have been kidnapping folks, together with monks, for ransom from villages and on highways primarily within the northwest and the apply has unfold to different elements of the nation, rising insecurity in Africa’s most populous nation.

Zita Ihedoro, secretary common of Sisters of Jesus, the Saviour Generalate, mentioned the 4 nuns have been kidnapped whereas touring from Rivers state to Imo for a thanksgiving mass on Sunday.

“We implore for intense prayer for their quick and safe release,” Ihedoro mentioned in an announcement.

Police spokesperson in Imo, Michael Abattam, mentioned officers have been pursuing the abductors.

“We are presently on their trail,” Abattam advised CNN Tuesday. “We are doing everything to see that they (the nuns) are rescued.”

Within the northwest, Nigeria’s navy has began an air offensive to get rid of the armed teams answerable for kidnapping residents from villages and cities within the area.

“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,” the Nigerian Air Pressure mentioned in a current assertion.