The abductors of three Catholic reverend sisters and three aspirants for the convent have demanded a ransom of N20m for their release.
The reverend sisters, from the Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus convent in Iguoriakhi, in the Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State, and three other females, were kidnapped by gunmen on November 14.
The victims were said to have been taken away in a speedboat.
The sisters were identified as Aloysius Ajayi, Frances Udi and Roselyn Isiocha, while the other three females, identified only as Vivian, Mariam and Anna, were aspiring to join the convent before the incident occurred.
It was gathered that the kidnappers stormed the religious community at about 11pm and forcefully took their victims away.
A source told our correspondent on Saturday that the kidnappers earlier demanded N50m but later reduced it to N20m.
The source stated, “They demanded N50m and, subsequently, they reduced it to N20m. As a matter of fact, the EHJ has been praying and I know very well that the Catholic Archdiocese of Benin and security personnel have been trying to see what they can do.
“But it all boils down to the kind of issues we have in this country. If it were to be in saner climes, one would have been able to, at least, pinpoint the location (of the kidnappers).”
Efforts to reach the head of the convent, Sister Agatha Osarekhoe, and the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, for comments were unsuccessful.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )