Friday, May 02, 2014

₦10 Million Nigerian ₦aira Paid for Kidnapped Anglican Bishop’s Freedom

By Ernest Chinwo
18 Apr 2014

Bishop Ignatius Kattey

The Department of State Security (DSS) has said ₦10 million Nigerian naira ($62,500-US; £37,000-UK; €45,000-EU) was paid as ransom before the Dean of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and Archbishop of the Niger Delta Province of the church, Bishop Ignatius Kattey, who was kidnapped last year, was freed by his captors.

The facts emerged yesterday when the DSS arraigned three men suspected of being involved in the kidnap of Kattey and his wife, Beatrice, last year before a Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Port Harcourt.

The Rivers State Director of State Security Service (DSS), Mr. Apok Nyam, said the suspects, Chibueze Nwaogba, Onyedikachi Emmanuel Okoro and Philip Chikaodiri Ogbuewu, on September 6, 2013, kidnapped Kattey and Beatrice at Aleto Bridge, Eleme, in Eleme Local Government Area of the state.

According to him, the accused persons collected ₦10,000,000 as ransom before releasing the victims. He also said the three suspects were behind serial kidnappings in the state.

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