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Kidnapped Imo bishop’s wife released

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Wife of the Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru Diocese in Imo State, Anuri Maduwuike, who on Friday was abducted by unknown gunmen, has been released. The Guardian gathered that she was released after an undisclosed amount of money was reportedly paid as ransom.

The bishop’s wife abducted at Ekemele in Ikeduru local council of the state while she was going home from Owerri. Her abductors set her free on Sunday evening.

A source in the church who spoke on condition of anonymity in Owerri yesterday said the kidnappers had earlier demanded N8 million ransom. He, however, refused to disclose how much was paid for the bishop’s wife to regain her freedom, but added that, “she was not released for free.”

He said: “To the glory of God, our bishop’s wife has been released. She was released on Sunday evening. Her kidnappers had initially demanded an N8 million ransom. God answered our prayer and she was released unhurt. She has been reunited with her family.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report but a police source, who pleaded for anonymity confirmed the development.


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