Armed men kidnap archbishop in Nigeria

September 9, 2013

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Officials say armed men have kidnapped an archbishop who is the No. 2 cleric in the country's Catholic church.

The Church of Nigeria said that Archbishop Ignatius Kattey and his wife Beatrice Kattey were kidnapped near their home in the country's southern city of Port Harcourt on Friday.

Rivers state police spokeswoman Angela Agabe said Monday that Kattey's wife was released hours later. Agabe said the archbishop is being held for unknown reasons but that investigations indicate he could be released soon. She said no ransom has been demanded.

Kidnappings for ransom are relatively common in oil-rich Nigeria, both of foreigners and wealthy Nigerians. Most are released unharmed after ransoms have been paid, but people who resisted have been injured or killed.