Archbishop kidnapped: The Church of England Newspaper, September 13, 2013 p 6. September 12, 2013Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of Nigeria.
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The Archbishop of the Province of the Niger Delta, the Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey, Bishop of Niger Delta North, has been kidnapped.
While driving to Port Harcourt to meet with the Primate of All Nigeria, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, the archbishop and his wife Beatrice were stopped by gunmen in Eleme on 6 Sept 2013 at approximately 10:30 pm. A Rivers State police spokesman told the News Agency of Nigeria the kidnappers forced the car from the road. They abandoned the vehicle and Mrs. Kattey and fled into the bush with the archbishop.
Kidnapping for ransom has reached epidemic proportions in southern Nigeria in recent years. In September 2010, the Bishop of Ngbo, the Rt. Rev. Christian Ebisike was stopped at a roadblock as he was driving to Owerri. The next day the bishop was released by his abductors on the Ontisha – Owerri road. It is not known if a ransom was paid.
On 24 Jan 2010 the Rt. Rev. Peter Imasuen, Bishop of Benin was also kidnapped at his home in Benin City, the capital of Edo State in Southern Nigeria.
Bishop Imasuen was abducted by armed gunmen who followed home after Sunday services at St Matthew’s Cathedral. As his car entered the walled compound of his home, bandits forced their way inside, overpowering a watchman. The bishop was bundled into a car by gunmen and driven away. A ransom of £200,000 was demanded, and the bishop was released unharmed four days later.
The kidnapping of Archbishop Kattey has sparked outrage from the Nigerian newspapers, and is being seen as a symbol of the government’s inability to promote law and order.