Three catholic reverend sisters and three other females, who were kidnapped by gunmen in Edo State, have been released.
The sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent regained their freedom after spending 53 days in the kidnappers’ den.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, who made the disclosure in Benin, said that the sisters were rescued during an operation by policemen from the command.
Kokumo said that while the abductors fled on sighting the security operatives, the victims were taken to a secure health facility for medical attention.
It was gathered that one of the victims, Veronica Ajayi, was released at about 6pm on Saturday, while the other five were released before 12 am on Sunday.
Confirming the release of the reverend sisters, the Superior-General of the catholic convent, Sister Agatha Osarekhoe, said that the sisters returned unhurt.
Recall that the unknown gunmen stormed the residence of the sisters in Iguoriakhi, Ovia South-West Local Government area of the state on November 13, 2017, and took them away in a waiting speedboat.
The kidnappers were said to have later demanded a ransom of N20 million.
But the Superior-General disclosed that no ransom was paid, even as she said that the police did their best to ensure that the sisters regained their freedom.
She further said that the three females would be reunited with their families later.