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Archbishop’s kidnappers arraigned: The Church of England Newspaper, May 2, 2014 June 2, 2014

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Three men have been arraigned before a magistrate in Port Harcourt, charged with 17 counts of kidnapping, including the number two man in theChurch of Nigeria. In a statement released by the Department of State Security (DSS) Chibueze Nwaogba, Onyedikachi Emmanuel Okoro and Philip Chikaodiri Ogbuewu were charged with the Sept 2013 abduction of the Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey, Bishop of Niger Delta North, Archbishop of the Province of the Niger Delta and Dean of the Church of Nigeria and 20 other victims. The Niger Delta State Director of the DSS, Mr. Apok Nyam, said on 17 April 2014 the three have been bound over for trial and will appear before the courts on 1 September 2014. On 6 Sept 2013 while driving to Port Harcourt to attend a meeting of the Church of Nigeria’s Standing Committee, the archbishop’s car was stopped at a roadblock. The gang seized the archbishop and held him for a week.  The complaint filed against the gang said a ransom of N10 million (£35,000) was paid to the kidnappers for the release of the archbishop.

Archbishop Kattey freed: Anglican Ink, September 15, 2013 September 15, 2013

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The Church of Nigeria’s number two man, the Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey has been freed, sources in Nigeria tell Anglican Ink.

The archbishop is understood to have been unharmed, but no details as to the events surrounding his release have been confirmed by the Church of Nigeria.

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Archbishop kidnapped: The Church of England Newspaper, September 13, 2013 p 6. September 12, 2013

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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.

Church of Nigeria will not pay ransom for kidnapped archbishop: Anglican Ink, September 10, 2013 September 12, 2013

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The Diocese of Niger Delta North will not pay a ransom for its kidnapped archbishop, the Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey – Dean of the Church of Nigeria and Archbishop of the Province of the Niger Delta.

At an 8 September 2013 press conference in Port Harcourt, the Ven. Richard Opara, president of the diocesan clergy council said that while no ransom demand had been received, the diocese would not negotiate with criminals.

“No contact has been made with the captors. We will not pay any ransom. Ransom payment is not in our dictionary. We are only asking for his unconditional release. We are not happy and the Church of Nigeria is weeping because the number two man has been taken away,” the archdeacon told the press conference.

First printed at Anglican Ink.

Anglican Archbishop kidnapped in Nigeria: Anglican Ink, September 7, 2013 September 7, 2013

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The Most Rev Ignatius Kattey

The Archbishop of the Province of the Niger Delta, the Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey, Bishop of Niger Delta North, has been kidnapped.

On the evening of 6 Sept 2013 at approximately 10:30 pm while driving to Port Harcourt, the archbishop and his wife were stopped by gunmen in Eleme.  A Rivers State police spokesman told the News Agency of Nigeria the kidnappers abandoned the car and Mrs. Kattey and fled into the bush with the archbishop.  No demand for ransom has yet been received.

Read it all in Anglican Ink.