A Nigerian bishop kidnapped from his home on Tuesday night has been freed. Sources in the Church of Nigeria’s Diocese of Ahoada, report the Rt. Rev. Clement Ekpeye was released on Saturday morning and has returned home unharmed.
During the night of 18 December 2018 a gang burst into Bishopscourt, the official residence of Bishop Ekpeye in the Ahoada-East Local government area in Rivers State, and seized the bishop at gunpoint, driving off in the bishop’s car.
It is not known as of our going to print if a ransom was paid for the bishop’s release. In 2013 the Archbishop of the Niger Delta province, the Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey was kidnapped as was the Bishop of Gwagwalada, the Rt Rev Moses Bukpe-Tabwaye in 2015. Both were freed after a ransom was paid for their return.