- Four unknown gunmen attacked nine Catholic nuns in Benue state on Wednesday, August 14
- The nuns were attacked in front of their residence while on their way to morning mass
- None of the nuns were injured in the attack but their bus was stolen
A report by Vanguard indicates that unknown gunmen at the early hours of Wednesday, August 14, attacked nine Catholic nuns of Sisters of Nativity Okwungaga, Ugbokolo in Okpokwu local government area of Benue state and snatched their 14 seater Toyota bus.
According to the report, the nuns were attacked in front of their residence while on their way to morning mass.
“They were confronted by the armed men who probably waited outside their residence for them as they were proceeding for morning Mass.
“The armed attackers who were about four stopped the vehicle and ordered the reverend sisters to step out and lie on the ground, after which the took possession of the bus and sped off without hurting any of them,” a source quoted in the report said.
Confirming the development, the director of communications, Catholic Dioceses of Makurdi, Revd. Fr. Moses Iorapuu said the nuns were not injured in the attack.
His words: “The armed men snatched the vehicle with registration number, Lagos APP786AS and Chassis Number JTFO2P20O045264 after ordering the nine sisters on board out and directing that they to lied faced down on the road.
“Wet thank God none of them was hurt in the attack. I just got information that somebody saw that bus heading towards Ikom in Cross River state but the person did not know that it was stolen.”
When contacted, the police public relations officer, PPRO, DSP Catherine Anene who confirmed the incident said investigation into the matter was ongoing.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi state, Sam Uhuotu, has raised an alarm over alleged kidnap of the local government chairman in Okene, Musa Adelabu, who is a member of the PDP.
The state chairman who confirmed the abduction in a statement sent to journalists said lives of the residents are no longer safe.
According to him, the gunmen invaded the home of the local government chairman at about 1:00am on Sunday, August 11 and whisked him away.
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