Nigerian bishop kidnapped

Posted Sep 8, 2015

[Anglican Communion News Service] Updated Sept. 8 with the following information in italics.

The car that was being used by Bishop Moses Tabuwaye when he was kidnapped has been found by highways patrol officers, the Delta State Police have said.

“On 4 September, at about 1900hrs, Safer Highway Patrol team 009, while on patrol at Onicha Ugbo / Ewhohimi Road recovered an ash coloured Toyota Highlander jeep,” Deputy Superintendent Celestina Kalu said in a statement. “On further investigation, the command gathered that one Bishop of Gwagwalada Diocese, Bishop Moses Tabwaye was travelling from Abuja to Onitsha and was kidnapped somewhere in Edo State and the vehicle was left steaming with its ignition on.

“The case was immediately transferred to the special anti-kidnapping squad / tracking team, who are closing up on the hoodlums for possible rescue of the Bishop and arrest of the kidnappers.”

Bishop Moses Tabuwaye of the Diocese of Gwagwalada, in the Province of Nigeria, has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom, according to news reports.

The News Agency of Nigeria and several newspapers are reporting that the captors are demanding 40 million Nigerian Naira (approximately UK£132,400 or US$202,000) for his release.

“I urge all of you Christians to be very vigilant and security conscious wherever you find yourselves,” the primate of Nigeria, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, told worshipers taking part in a pre-pilgrimage retreat on Sept. 5. “The issue of kidnapping is rampant in the country but we can still curtail the menace if we are vigilant. If we fail to live together as brothers in prayers, we shall perish as fools, so we should endeavor to be our brothers’ keepers.”

In 2013, Archbishop Ignatius Kattey, dean and archbishop of the Niger Delta Province, was kidnapped with his wife Beatrice near their Port Harcourt home in the Niger Delta region. They were later released.