The Chairman of the Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, Chief Philemon Kingoli, has regained his freedom after spending eight days in captivity.
Kingoli was kidnapped by gunmen, who intercepted his vehicles on the Peter Odili Road in Port Harcourt and shot in the air, dragged him out of his vehicle and sped off in their getaway vehicle.
Kingoli was returning from a campaign rally of the Peoples Democratic Party in Okrika ahead of the April 17 local government election when the abductors struck.
Confirming his release in a statement on Wednesday, the spokesman for the state police command, Nnamdi Omoni, said the local government boss was rescued on Tuesday during a covert operation.
The statement read in part, “The Chairman of the Okrika Local Government Area, Chief Philemon Iwoloma Kinggoli, who was kidnapped on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, by gunmen has been freed.
“He was rescued last night (Tuesday) in a covert operation by operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, taken to hospital, debriefed and released to reunite with his family.”