Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Most Rev Ignatius Ogboru Kattey, the Dean, ArchBishop and Bishop of Niger Delta North Anglican Communion of Nigeria, was last night kidnapped by yet to be identified gunmen in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State.
The abduction happened at about 11.30pm Friday night.
The 65 year old clergyman, along with his wife, Beatrice was captured on Aleto bridge,Eleme in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State, but the wife was later found abandoned in their car.
The whereabouts of the archbishop remains unknown.
Sources said the Archbishop and the wife were driving to Port Harcourt late on Friday to beat the traffic restrictions Saturday morning, occasioned by the monthly environmental Sanitation. Unknown to them, the exercise would not hold because of the GCE-WAEC examination taking place today.
Rivers State has been experiencing a rising tide of insecurity since Police Commissioner, Mbu Joseph Mbu was posted to the state.
Just last week, Felix Igwe, Commissioner for Sports was shot by unidentified gunmen around Eleme Inter-Change,Eleme axis of Port Harcourt and he is receiving treatment.
In the hierarchy of the Anglican Communion, ArchBishop Kattey who was made a Dean of Anglican Communion in Nigeria about a year ago,is next to the Primate,Most Rev.Nicholas Okoh.
Most Rev. Ignatius Crosby Ogborun kattey (Justice of the Peace) was born in the small Nchia Town called Alode in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State on 23 August, 1948. His father was Chief Amos Kattey who was himself a devout Christian, church leader, produce merchant, trader, farmer and Government Recognized Second Class Traditional Ruler of Nchia Kingdom. His mother was Mrs. Margaret Ada Kattey.
He attended St. Paul’s Catholic School Obigbo (now Oyigbo) from 1954 to 1959. For his secondary education, he attended the National High School Aba and graduated with a Grade One in West African School Certificate Examination.
He had his university education at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, where he graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1976.
Arch. Bishop Kattey was born-again in 1971 through the ministry of the Scripture Union. He is the Chairman, All Anglican Clergy Conference of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and also the Chairman of Christian Council of Nigeria, South South Area Council.