By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The wife of the Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru Diocese, Anuli Maduwuike, abducted on her way from Owerri, Imo State capital on August 22, this year, by gunmen, has regained her freedom after allegedly paying N8m ransom.
A member of the diocese who pleaded anonymity, told Fides that she was released after N8m was paid as ransom by the family of the victim.
He claimed that the abductors had earlier demanded for N8 million but could not say if that was the exact sum paid for the prelate's wife's freedom.
According to the source, 'God has answered the prayers of the Church; the wife of our Bishop has been released. She has reunited with her family and we are all happy. The Church was thrown into mourning by the unfortunate incident and we went into prayers and we are happy that God has answered us.'
The distraught husband of the victim, Bishop Emmanuel Maduwuike, had held a book launch where money was raised for mission work one week before the incident.
However when contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, a Superintendent of Police, said he was yet to be officially briefed about her release.
The abduction of the Bishop's wife had generated tension in the state and thrown the Ikeduru Diocese into panic. The bishop's wife had been abducted while going home from Owerri, the Imo State capital at Ekemele.