By Jane Nambi
Armed men kidnapped Nigerian Archbishop, Ignatius Kattey last week but was later released according to police.
“The archbishop was released at about 6:30 p.m. yesterday (Sunday) behind a filling station at Eleme in Rivers state,” police spokeswoman Angela Agabe said. “His captors dropped him when the police were about to close in on them. No ransom was paid.”
A country’s second most senior Anglican cleric, Archbishop Kattey’s kidnapping came as a surprise. This makes him the second most high-profile member to be kidnapped. Mother of Nigeria’s Finance Minister and former World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was taken in December last year but was also later released.
The Church of Nigeria, which says it has 18 million baptised members, has the world’s second biggest Anglican following after the Church of England.
He was released Saturday after he and his wife Beatrice were seized close to their Port Harcourt residence on 6 September. His wife was released unharmed several hours later.