[Update 8th Sept] The car that was being used by Bishop Moses Tabwaye 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."
The Bishop 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 of the Rt Revd Moses Tabuwaye are demanding 40 million Nigerian Naira (approximately £132,400 GBP or $202,000 USD) 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 Revd Nicholas Okoh, told worshippers taking part in a pre-pilgrimage retreat on Saturday. "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 endeavour to be our brothers’ keepers.”
In 2013, Archbishop Ignatius Kattey was kidnapped with his wife Beatrice near their Port Harcourt home in the Niger Delta region; and were released: the archbishop after a week and his wife within a few hours of being taken.