It was jubilation and reunion for priests, the religious and thousands of the laity of the Archdiocese of Benin recently as they converged on Benin, the Edo State capital. They gathered to celebrate in thanksgiving service to God over the release and safe return of three reverend sisters and three aspirants of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent in Iguoriakhi Ovia South West Council area of Edo State.
The six were kidnapped on November 13, 2017 by heavily armed men in speed boat, who stormed the area, took them to unknown location and demanded for N20million as ransom in the process. The sad situation was felt more by residents of Iguoriakhi, including the Catholic faithful, after the attack by the gunmen. But as providence would have it, they were later released amid tales of traumatic experiences.
In celebration of God’s miraculous feat, the Catholic Archbishop of Benin Metropolitan See, Most Reverend Augustine Akubueze, had led the faithful in appreciation to God Almighty for answering the almost two months of intensive prayers and fasting offered to Him that led to the freedom and safe return of the six. Read more