The wife of the Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru Diocese in Imo state, Mrs. Anuri Maduwuike, who was abducted by some suspected gunmen last week has been freed, praise the Lord.
The Bishop’s wife who was waylaid and abducted on Friday at Ekemele while returning home from Owerri, was released on Sunday by her abductors.
Maduwuike was released after an undisclosed amount of money was reportedly paid as ransom for her freedom. A source in the church who chose to remain anonymous, disclosed on Monday that the kidnappers had earlier demanded N8m ransom.
The source said “To the glory of God, our bishop’s wife has been released. She was released on Sunday. Her kidnappers had initially demanded an N8m ransom.”
“God answered our prayer and she was released unhurt. She has been reunited with her family. It was not a happy moment for the Church of God. The diocese was in a sad mood until she was released.”
Meanwhile, the bishop, Emmanuel Maduwuike, had a week before the abduction of his wife unveiled one of his books. The kidnappers apparently had thought the Bishop had raked in huge sums of money through the book launch.
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