Unknown gunmen have abducted four Catholic nuns on a highway in oil-producing Imo state, in the latest sign of widespread insecurity making road travel unsafe.
The abduction, which happened on Sunday, was announced on Monday by the convent they belonged to.
Zita Ihedoro, secretary-general of Sisters of Jesus, the Saviour Generalate, said the four nuns were abducted while travelling from Rivers state to Imo, both in the southeast, for a thanksgiving mass on Sunday.
Ihedoro said in the statement however implored Nigerians for intense prayer for their quick and safe release.
Meanwhile, the Imo State Police command is yet to release an official statement concerning the incident.