Uromi, Nigeria, Jan 11, 2018 / 15:15 pm America/Denver (CNA).
During a two day police operation, six women religious who were captured in Nigeria's Edo state two months ago were released unharmed on Saturday, generating much joy from the Christian community.
The women were freed during a Jan. 6 police operation, but their captors were able to escape.
They had been kidnapped Nov. 13, 2017 from the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent in Iguoriakhi. Taken by unknown gunmen, three of the women were professed nuns (Sister Roseline Isiocha, Sister Aloysius Ajayi and Sister Frances Udi), and the other three were aspirants. Sister Ajayi was released first, followed several hours later by the others
“We are happy; to God be the glory,” said the convent's mother superior, Mother Agatha Osarekho.
“They are fine and are receiving some medical checkup in a hospital,” she added, according to the Scottish Catholic Observer.
Sister Agatha received a ransom request of $55,000 for the women's return, but she did not pay it.