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Kidnapped Nigeria Archbishop Released

By    |   Monday, 16 Sep 2013 10:49 AM

One of Nigeria's most senior Anglican clerics, kidnapped by armed men more than a week ago, has been freed, the BBC reported.
 
Archbishop Ignatius Kattey was released Saturday evening near the southern city of Port Harcourt, police said. He was in a stable condition.
 
Officials provided no further information about his captors.
 
Kidnapping for ransom has become common in the oil-rich Niger Delta region around Port Harcourt in recent years. Numerous armed gangs operate in the area following years of violent protests against the oil industry.
 
Kattey is the head of the Anglican Church in the predominantly Christian Niger Delta.
 
The cleric and his wife Beatrice were seized near their Port Harcourt residence Sept 6. Kidnappers released Mrs. Kattey unharmed several hours after the kidnapping while being chased by police.
 
Police said the archbishop was released Saturday evening behind a filling station as officers closed in on the kidnappers, according to the BBC.

No ransom was paid in exchange for the archbishop’s release, police spokeswoman Angela Agabe said.

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