A holy mess: Kidnapping in Nigeria is out of hand

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DRIVING home through the darkness on September 6th towards Nigeria’s main oil city, Port Harcourt, Archbishop Ignatius Kattey and his wife had no idea that an armed gang was about to nab them. Yet it was not an extraordinary event. The kidnap of Nigeria’s second-ranking Anglican cleric, whose wife has since been freed, was just another instance, albeit at a higher level than usual, of a crime that residents of the swampy Niger Delta have become grimly accustomed to.

Kidnapping in the oil region is invariably for ransom. Foreign oilmen used to be the usual targets, but rich Nigerian businessmen, prominent academics and even footballers have become increasingly vulnerable. The kidnap menace has also got a lot worse this year in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city and its economic hub.

There are so many abductions across the country nowadays that they rarely get into the news. During the first half of 2013, Nigeria had the most kidnap attempts in the world, accounting for 26% of all such recorded incidents. Mexico was second with 10%, and Pakistan third with 7%, reckons NYA International, a London-based firm that gathers intelligence on crime.

This year’s tally of kidnaps is expected to be higher in Nigeria than in 2012 and 2011, when 500 and 475 were recorded respectively, says a security expert. But the true figures may be still higher. “Half of all cases are not reported, with some people preferring to handle matters privately,” he explains. Because people have little faith in the police’s ability to arrest the perpetrators or negotiate with them, the victim’s family invariably resorts to settling quickly with the criminals.

In some of Nigeria’s 36 states there has been progress in tackling the kidnappers. But beefed-up security in some south-eastern states, such as Akwa Ibom and Abia, may have merely pushed the gangs westward to cities such as Lagos, where burgeoning middle-class districts are being increasingly targeted. A flashy car and swanky suit can be enough to catch a villain’s eye. In “express kidnappings”, as they are dubbed, victims are rarely kept for more than a fortnight; most of them are freed, after the cash has been handed over, in three or four days. “It’s a new way of making money in Lagos,” says the security expert. “But now it’s all too easy.”

When Lagos police arrested a gang of ten kidnappers in July, one of them explained that he held his Chinese boss for three days because he felt unfairly treated. He devised a plan with his driver to abduct the boss; they extorted $51,000 from the company. Another man said he kidnapped a friend out of jealousy, keeping him for two days before freeing him for $3,000.

It is against Nigerian law to pay ransoms, but most people and companies cough up, though many deny doing so. Captors usually start with huge demands before being haggled down. Settlements of $12,000-30,000 are standard, though there have been instances of people getting away with as little as $600. The kidnappers who snatched Mike Ozekhome, a human-rights lawyer, in August initially asked for the Nigerian equivalent of $915,000; as The Economist went to press, he and the archbishop were still being held. Until policing improves and people refuse to pay, the scourge of kidnapping will persist—and the best of lawyers and churchmen will be vulnerable.

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Kidnapped Anglican Bishop Kattey Regains Freedom

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The kidnapped Dean of The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and Archbishop of the Province of Niger Delta, Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey, has regained freedom after a week in captivity.

Kattey, who was abducted alongside his wife, Beatrice, on Friday, September 6, along Aleto-Eleme in Eleme Local Government Area of River State, was freed last night at Eleme.

The kidnappers had earlier abandoned his wife   before escaping into the bush with the cleric.
His release by his abductors was confirmed by the Public Relations Officer of the state  Police Command, DSP Angela Agabe, last night. While details of his release remained sketchy when filling this report last night , it could not also be confirmed if any ransom was paid.

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) had earlier in the day expressed dissatisfaction with the police handling of the matter.  The position of the church was made known by the  Archdeacon, Eleme Archdeaconry of the Church, Ven. Israel Omoisioni, while speaking on a live radio phone-in programme monitored in Port Harcourt.

Omoisioni said; “We are dissatisfied with the way security agents are handling the matter. They are not doing enough. Up till now, we have not heard one word from the Archbishop or his kidnappers nine days after he was kidnapped.”

The Rivers State Police Command had however said it was doing its best to rescue Kattey and arrest his abductors.

The  PPRO, Agabe, said the men were still working with the clue they got about the kidnappers and their hide-out. Agabe said, “As at yesterday (Friday), our men went in with the information they got. But as at today (Saturday), there has not been any contact between the family and the kidnappers. We are doing our best to rescue the Archbishop.”

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Catholic Priests May Be Allowed To Marry Amid Papal Changes

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The Vatican has opened its door to the possibility of married priests, a move that would go against centuries-old Church tradition.

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, who will be No.2 in the Roman Catholic Church when be becomes secretary of state next month, declared that the priestly vow of celibacy derived from an age-old rule, but was not Catholic dogma.

"It's not a dogma of the Church and it can be discussed because it's an ecclesiastical tradition," Archbishop Parolin told El Universal newspaper in Venezuela, where he is completing his term as Papal Nuncio.

"It is a great challenge for the Pope because he has a mission to unite and all these decisions must be taken in a way that unites the Church, rather than dividing it," he said. "At that point, you can talk and reflect and go deeper into these issues that are not defined by faith and think about some changes, but always in the service of unity and as the will of God. It's not what I want [that matters] but to be faithful to what God wants for his Church."

Archbishop Parolin's comments come at a time of upheaval in the Church, which has been beset by scandals over sex abuse by priests, following the resignation of Benedict XVI and the election of the Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis.

Francis has made waves by calling for a "poor Church for the poor". He has said he wants to boost the role of women in the Church, although he has noted that Pope John Paul II ruled out the ordination of women.

He has also taken a more tolerant stance on homosexuality, declaring: "Who am I to judge?"

Yesterday, he reached out to nonbelievers in an unprecedented letter to Italy's leading left-wing paper La Repubblica to answer a columnist who declared that he did not believe in God. The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics told Eugenio Scalfari, the newspaper's co-founder and former editor, that non-believers did not commit a sin as long as they followed their consciences.

"The question for people who do not believe in God is to listen to their consciences. Also for those without faith, sin is going against your conscience. Listening to it and obeying it means making up one's mind about what is good and evil."

The Catholic insistence on the celibacy of priests dates back to the first centuries of the Church. The first Church law mandating celibacy was Canon 33, enacted at the Synod of Elvira, now the Spanish city of Granada, around 305-306 AD. The discipline was definitively reaffirmed at the Council of Trent in the mid-16th century.

The Orthodox Church and some Eastern Catholic churches, however, allow married priests.

Francis, in an interview in 2012 before becoming Pope, said: "For the moment, I am in favour of maintaining celibacy, with all its pros and cons … It is a matter of discipline, not of faith. It can change. Personally, it never crossed my mind to marry.

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Again, Winners Chapel staff assault Ogun officials, journalists

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Barely 48hours after staff of Heritage Nursery School, Ota, owned by Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners Chapel) assaulted Ogun State tax officers for demanding the payment of six years outstanding taxes, some of the church’s staff, on Saturday, brutalized the news crew of the state owned television station, OGTV.

OYEDEPOThe crew, comprising a reporter, Peter Falomo, and cameraman, Lekan Egunjobi, had gone to the church’s premises to cover the serving of building inspection notices on the church by officials of the Ministry Of Urban and Physical Planning when they were attacked.

The journalists were severely beaten. Their camera was damaged and subsequently seized before it was released after the recording on it had been wiped off.

Aside from the television crew, two officials of the Ministry were also injured by the irate church members who prevented the team from entering the premises.

Ironically, the assault meted out to the crew was said to have been witnessed by the Head Pastor of the church, Timothy Oyedepo, who was equally visibly angry by the officials’ attempt to carry out their statutory duties on his church premises.

Mr. Oyedepo, at some point, according to sources, uttered unprintable words while querying the effrontery of the state officials to attempt to regulate the building of structures for commercial purposes on the church premises.

However, it was reliably gathered that, earlier, before the assignment, officials of the Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, accompanied by policemen had, following the previous day’s similar assault of their counterparts in the OGIRS, made a report of their planned visit to the Winners Chapel premises at the Divisional Police Station, Onipanu, Ota.

The injured journalists and other wounded officials were treated at the General Hospital, Ota, and subsequently discharged. The incident has also been reported to the police.

The General Manager of Ogun State Urban and Physical Planning Board, Stephen Adewolu, who was part of the team that was molested in Ota, while reacting, expressed shock at the lawlessness displayed by the Winners Chapel members and their leaders.

“No organisation can carry on as if it is above the law. We have information that the people in that church are just building structures indiscriminately without building approval, without necessary environmental impact assessment reports and they are violating planning laws and regulations. We only went there to serve statutory notices on the on-going building development and they are behaving as if the premises of the church is not covered by the laws of the state in which it is located,” he said.

“The incident led to the hospitalisation of one of the officials while others sustained minor injuries. The state government has directed its Ministry of Justice to study the facts on the two incidents with a view to taking appropriate legal measures.

“Also, officials of the Winners Chapel had shunned meetings of the Stakeholders Forum established by the state government for representatives of organisations located in the state to deliberate with the government on issues of common interest.”

When contacted, Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, confirmed the attack, adding that a report had been made to police.

“The government reiterates its commitment to its philosophy of one law for everyone in the state and that any harassment or intimidation of its officials and agents in the course of discharging their statutory duties will be seriously viewed,” he stated.

Meanwhile, efforts to get the reaction of the church have been unsuccessful; as no official would comment. The church is also yet to react to the earlier attack by the school, located within the church premises, on the tax officials.

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Ain’t seen nothing yet, Adeboye tells critics

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…Says RCCG is a covenant church…
DESPITE rave criticisms that greeted the planned construction of a three kilo-meter auditorium at the Redeemed Christian Church of God’s Redemption Camp along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the General Overseer of the church Sunday disclosed that the said auditorium and several other developments in the church are but a child’s play.

Speaking during a special prayer programme organised for RCCG Region 1 for youths and newly ordained ministers in the church at the church headquarters in Ebute Metta Lagos, the former mathematics lecturer said the church is founded on God’s covenant, and therefore its current growth cannot be comprehended by human wisdom.

Giving hint of changes to expect in the church, he said: “A day is coming in my lifetime when the ordination of mini-sters will be divided into three sessions, morning, afternoon and evening sessions and more than 25,000 persons will be ordained in each of the sessions. You can say the dreamer has come again, but I know my dreams always turn to true”.
General Overseer , Pastor Enoch Adeboye

Pastor Enoch Adeboye

Continuing, Daddy G.O. said: “RCCG was not built on human wisdom or ability. The last time I was at Malaysia we had but a house fellowship; but today there are 45 parishes of the church. One bishop said they should give him five years and he would leave RCCG far behind; I smiled and I said he will soon discover the differ-ence between human wisdom and divine assistance because we have God on our side”.

Admonishing Nigerian youths, Pastor Adeboye said they must not to be carried away by materialism and new generation churches, stressing that RCCG is founded on the foundation of God.

He prayed that the youths will have a glorious future but they should shun sin, and engage in evangelism and in return God will bless them.

In his words: “Youths in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, don’t be dazzled by the new age generation churches, this is the church founded on the foundation of the Most High God. Redeemed youths do not be bothered about those who are going around with diverse miracles and gymn-astics.

“You will have a glorious tomorrow and I will use part of it before I go even after I have gone the real glory of RCCG will be revealed. It is where I stop that you will begin. You cannot dwell in sin because He is a holy God and if you want goodness and mercy to follow you all the days of your life, you better be holy. You cannot afford to follow the world and still expect God to be your support-er,” he said.

According to him, “people said all manner of things about me when we began, called me a bush boy, old fashioned and all sorts of things. The modern ones, they rose like a balloon but the balloon punctured but I told them that the God I serve is conservative; the same yesterday, today and forever. If you abide under His everlast-ing arm, He will guide you forever.”

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Photos: Gospel singer Emmy Kosgei weds Apostle Anselm Madubuko Read more: AfricVilla: Photos: Gospel singer Emmy Kosgei weds Apostle Anselm Madubuko

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After their traditional wedding on Thursday August 29 at Kelelwa village, the award winning Kenyan gospel singer Emmy Kosgei on Saturday August 31 walked down the aisle in a ravish church wedding which took place at Windsor Golf Club in Kenya to her Nigerian husband Apostle Anselm Madubuko.

According to Daily Nation, it was attended by the who is who in the media, music and entertainment industries and was officiated by retired Redeemed Gospel Bishop Arthur Kitonga.  
Another wedding will take place in Revival Miracle Cathedral Lagos, Nigeria later this month.
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Here’s The One True Way To Heaven by Pope Francis

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People ask me all the time about the Christian path to heaven. How can we get there? What acts must we perform? Some think the answers are unknowable. Others believe the divine kingdom may not exist at all. But let me assure you, heaven is a very real place. I’ve been there plenty of times, and it always starts with me getting into a van with a bag of mescaline and just flooring it out west into the desert sunset.
 
That’s your straight shot into the city of Our Heavenly Father right there. No question about it.
 
The colors you see. The truths you learn. It changes you, man. But the changes are all for the better. You see past all the bullshit society has imposed on you—all its illusions. You realize there’s this whole cosmic dance going on behind the scenes, something perceivable only by opening your mind’s eye. And if that isn’t the holy place where the faithful behold the face of God, well, I don’t know what is.
 
There are loads of jumping-off points for heaven: Yucca Valley. The Mojave Desert. Burning Man. I’ve been to them all. Regardless of where you start, just check your emotional baggage at the door, eat a few buttons of mescalito with a good pal, and let the vibrations of the galaxy wash over you.
 
You may also want to confess your sins to a priest and ensure your soul is in a state of grace with God, but that’s totally up to you.
 
The road to paradise is never easy to traverse, not for the most pious of pilgrims. You have to rustle up gas money, pack a bedroll, bring plenty of water, and get recreational supplies from that asshole chemist in Mesa Alta—the one who definitely shorted you half a gram last time. Reaching that glorious abode where the blessed dwell in the company of angels takes some serious effort, and, hell, I’ll say it, a set of steel cojones the first time you try it.
 
Once you get there, though, you’ll realize all that legwork was worth it. Case in point: the time I ascended to the heavenly firmament out in Joshua Tree with this really chill chick named Grace. We had gotten a recipe for some cactus tea, and brother, when it kicked in, it kicked hard. All at once, the same vision came to both of us: A leopard with the wings of an eagle appeared in a flash of blinding light, leapt in our direction, and with a single thunderous roar revealed the stitches that hold together the very fabric of this universe. In that instant of clarity, we both got this crazy idea to just strip off our clothes, set them aflame, and trek out into the forest like a couple of Adam and Eves.
 
Without a doubt we reached that holy place that is open to all of mankind through the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross and the consumption of powerful hallucinogens.
 
Grace and I shacked up for the next week or so. She was brilliant and beautiful, and the next night she introduced me to a part of heaven I never even knew existed. Because, Christ, you haven’t really known paradise until you’ve done angel dust, gotten into your pickup truck, and gone racing 100 mph down Route 82 with a gorgeous girl like that sucking you off. That’s your heavenly reward, my friend. Pure and simple.
 
Here’s a word to the wise, though: There are angels in heaven, but there are sure as shit just as many demons. I’m talking about voices in your head, bugs crawling all over your skin, your friends turning into melting wax statues. I’ve even lost some of my best buddies to heaven—Mark, Gus, Eric. All great guys who deserved better than to go down swallowing their own tongues.
 
Even a man of great faith can be terrified when he sees stuff like that.
 
To make your trip to paradise a little less scary, take along some experienced friends your first time. That way, if things go south, they can dump you outside the emergency room. Also be sure to steer clear of the Nevada State Patrol. I speak from personal experience when I say those guys would rather see you in hell.

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Pope taps Vatican diplomat to be his top aide

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday tapped a veteran diplomat as the Vatican's No. 2 to replace the Holy See's secretary of state, who in recent years increasingly became a divisive figure in the church's hierarchy.
 
The Vatican announced that Archbishop Pietro Parolin, 58, an Italian a former deputy foreign minister at the Vatican, will take up the post held since 2006 by Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, starting on Oct. 15. Bertone will remain in the position until then, giving Parolin, currently serving as papal envoy to Venezuela, time to prepare for his new duties.
 
Benedict XVI, who retired as pontiff earlier this year, had relied heavily on Bertone as one of the few advisers in his inner circle. Bertone, a Genoa archbishop, had served Benedict for many years at the Vatican.
 
The Vatican noted that Bertone, 78, was retiring under a church law that requires cardinals who hold top curia posts to offer their resignations when they turn 75. Benedict had kept him in place, reportedly to the irritation of a rival faction of Vatican bureaucrats loyal to Bertone's predecessor, Cardinal Angelo Sodano.
 
A scandal during the latter years of Benedict XVI's papacy involving the theft of papal documents and embarrassing revelations of alleged corruption and power plays at the Vatican was widely seen as aiming to discredit Bertone. Some speculate that the scandal contributed to Benedict's conclusion that he no longer had the mental or physical strength to guide the Roman Catholic church. He stepped down in February, the first pope in 600 years to resign.
 
Most of the documents, leaked by Benedict's butler to an Italian journalist, were of interest only to Italians, a reflection of centuries of dominance and intrigue by Italians in the Vatican. The purloined papal papers concerned relations between Italy and the Vatican and a few local scandals and personalities. The main aim of the disclosures appeared to be to discredit Bertone, who would have been expected to protect Benedict, a theologian with little apparent skill for navigating the political maneuvering around him.
 
Pope Francis will hold a special audience on Oct. 15, the Vatican said, "in order publicly to thank Cardinal Bertone for his faithful and generous service to the Holy See."
 
Parolin, when deputy foreign minister, shuttled between Rome and Hanoi in a partly successful bid to improve decades of thorny relations between the Vatican and the communist leadership of Vietnam. In 2009, Parolin told reporters in Hanoi that the Holy See and Vietnam had laid a "good basis" for eventually establishing diplomatic relations. After the Philippines, Vietnam has one of Asia's largest communities of Catholics.
 
The incoming No. 2, a native of northeast Italy, began his diplomatic career at the Vatican in 1986, and served in papal missions in Nigeria and Mexico. He was posted to Venezuela as papal nuncio in 2009.
 
In a statement, Parolin pledged that he would give Francis his "complete availability to work with him and under his guidance for the greater glory of God, the good of the holy Church and the progress and peace" so humanity might find "reasons to live and hope."

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Lagos: Bishop Kwakpovwe holds miracle service

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FAMED publisher of Our Daily Manna, ODM, and newly consecrated Bishop (Dr) Chris Kwakpovwe, returned to Lagos during the week after a hugely successful healing and miracle anointing service in USA and London. The charismatic healing Apostle will hold his monthly anointing service on his Manna Prayer Mountain (interdenominational) in Lagos today after the monthly environmental sanitation service.

The monthly event often records miracles, signs and wonders. Meanwhile reports from his first port of call, in America, George Brown Convention Centre, USA says the venue was full of people, and as usual, there were earth-shaking miracles. The event attracted participants across racial lines and demographics- Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, America-Indians, young, old, male and female. “The power of God was awesome. The Holy Spirit moved and it was so marvellous.

We give God the glory,” according to Bishop Chris, in an email to the Lagos media. The Manna Miracle Train moved to RCCG at Cambewell where the anointing service was held on August 10. Dr. Chris, an Apostle to the nations is a gifted healing deliverance minister whose meetings are evidenced by the mighty moves of the Holy Spirit. The self-effacing publisher/writer of the popular ODM, a daily devotional, said the anointing service for January, 2014 would hold at the expansive Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.

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Benin City: Family doubts diocese’s position on death of Catholic priest

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BENIN CITY — CRISIS is brewing between the Catholic Diocese of Auchi in Edo State and the family of the deceased Parish priest of St Thomas Moore Catholic Church, Sobe, Owan West Local Government Council, Rev. Father Peter Ayala, who was found dead in his room last Sunday.

While the church believes that the Rev. Father was killed while cleaning his gun that Sunday morning, the family told Codewit that the church was too hasty in reaching such conclusion, asserting that somebody may have murdered their son.

A family source who does not want his name in print, told Codewit yesterday that “the church has not helped matters. Wherein that police investigation is still on-going they are saying that it could be suicide and it was pasted on the website of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi. The story they told us, the family members, does not look straight to us.

“What we have been told is that they found him dead with the gun by his side, then there was a spanner beside him, which looks like he was servicing the gun. The question is that: if you shoot a gun does it not vibrate? So if the Rev Father was servicing the gun and it actually went off then that gun should not be found by his side. So the whole thing looks fishy. We are still asking the question: what killed him? The story they are giving us does not make sense to us.

“Remember, nobody was there, nobody has said he was there when it happened. So we are only creating scenario that this is the possibility. But beyond everything, should the church pronounce before the police that he was killed by the gun when the police is yet to investigate the case?”

However, the family still wants to know what or who killed our brother because the explanation we have does not make sense to us. He was one of the most gentlemen men I have ever seen, that is why we believe that something is wrong somewhere” the source told Codewit.

According to him, “although the body of Rev. Fr. Peter Ayala was found lying lifelessly in his pool of blood with a locally manufactured gun and a big spanner on his body and floor, respectively, they were only some of the clues on which experts examinations must be effected to ascertain more authentic proofs of what had led to the death.”

He berated some section of the media that concluded that the late priest committed suicide. “Whatever must be stated by anybody hitherto were probabilities in as much as experts examinations could prove otherwise. For all others who are prone to engage in some innuendos as regard the death of Rev. Fr. Peter Ayala, I wish to caution so that they keep in mind that death is death, whenever, wherever and in whatever way and manner it occurs, it cannot and should constitute an occasion for derision, uncharitable assumptions and calumny  against the living, the dead or both.

Bishop Dunia said he knew the late “calm, modest and well behaved Peter Ayala who worked under me as a seminarian when I was the parish priest of St Joseph Catholic Church, Emeora seventeen years ago and as a priest who collaborated with me nonetheless similarly in the Diocese of Auchi until his passage from this sinful world.”

Rev. Fr. Ayala was ordained in 1997

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