Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - Five nuns of the Order of the Missionary of Martha and Mary of the diocese of Issele-Uku, were kidnapped, in the State of Delta in the south-east of Nigeria.
According to news sent to Agenzia Fides, they were kidnapped on October 25 while returning from a burial. They were taken near Agbor, about 25 miles west of Issele-Uku. The religious women were in a vehicle which the kidnappers shot at. Contacted by the local press, a priest from the diocese of Issele-Uku said: "Pray for the release of the five nuns kidnapped in Agbor, and for the two other nuns who were in the same vehicle".
The abduction of the nuns is only the latest in a series of similar incidents that have long been occurring in Delta State and in other areas of south-eastern Nigeria. A priest of the same diocese of the abducted nuns, has even been kidnapped twice. Fr. Andrew Anah, of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Obomkpa, had in fact been kidnapped for the second time on 5 June and then released in early July. Fr. Anah was kidnapped for the first time in 2017, and was released after a few days. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 30/10/2018)