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The five people were abducted on October 5 (Supplied)

Prayers are being sought for the safe release of three Catholic religious sisters, a seminarian and a driver reportedly abducted from Nigeria’s Abakaliki Diocese. Source: CNA.

In a note to Catholic news agency ACI Africa on Tuesday, the vicar general of the Missionary Daughters of Mater Ecclesiae (MDME) in Nigeria, Sr Gloria Nnabuchi, identified the five people who were abducted on October 5 en route to a burial in Nigeria’s Imo State.

The abductees include Sr Rosemary Ejiowokeoghere Osiowhemu, Sr Maria Ngozi Okoye of the Risen Lord, and Sr Josephine Mary Chinyekwuo. The other two are seminarian Peter Eyakeno Sunday and drive Awoke Emmanuel.

The abductors have reached out to MDME leadership in Nigeria and proposed a ransom for the release of the abductees. 

In another statement shared with ACI Africa, the vicar general of MDME appealed for prayers and provided further details of the abduction of their members.

“The superior general and the members of the Missionary Daughters of Mater Ecclesiae are soliciting prayers from all people of goodwill for the safe release of our three sisters, one seminarian of the Missionary Sons of the Most Holy Trinity, and one driver,” Sr Nnabuchi said.

She added: “They were kidnapped … on their way to Mbano, Imo State, for the burial of one of our sisters’ mothers.”

“Please, any vital information will be highly appreciated as you join us to pray for divine intervention,” Sr Nnabuchi said.


Sisters issue appeal for ‘safe release’ of 3 nuns who were abducted from Nigerian diocese (By Jude Atemanke, CNA)