The Bishop of Ahoada, Clement Ekpeye, has been released, five days after unknown gunmen abducted him from his home in Nigeria’s Rivers State. Bishop Ekpeye was abducted on Tuesday night. The identity of his abductors is not known. Media reports from Nigeria say it is not clear whether Bishop Clement was released voluntarily or whether a ransom had been paid.
The reports say that Bishop Clement was released on Saturday and reunited with his family, leading to “a huge celebration by the people of the area”, according to PM News Nigeria website.
“We thank God for the miraculous release of Bishop Clement Ekpeye from the hands of the Kidnappers this morning”, Canon Hanson Bernard, the Diocese of Ahoada’s Clerical Synod Secretary, said in a statement to The Vanguard newspaper. “We thank all for fervent prayers and encouragement.”
Details of the kidnapping and Bishop Clement’s release remain sketchy.