IMO State correspondent of the Channels TV, Temitope Kutiyi, who was in the early hours of Monday kidnapped by gunmen, has regained his freedom.
This was as a result of a rigorous manhunt mounted by the state police command, which combed all nooks and crannies of the state to rescue the journalist.
Imo State Police Commissioner, Taiwo Lakanu, had shortly after the kidnap of Mr Kutiyi, led a team of over 100 operatives of the command on a rescue operation.
In an “Operation Bush-Combing”, the Police Commissioner led a team of operatives to Ohoba, in the Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area, where intelligence report revealed that the victim was in captivity.
Nigerian Tribune learnt that after a three-hour search operation in the village and adjoining forests, the kidnappers were under pressure to release the kidnapped, who was subsequently rescued unhurt on Tuesday, April 12.
A release made available to journalists in Owerri by the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) Mr Andrew Enwerem, explained that the notorious kidnap suspects involved in the kidnap of the victim had been identified, but was on the run, though he added that intensive investigation was in progress to ensure his arrest and subsequent prosecution.
He declared: “The Commissioner of Police, Imo State, wishes to use this opportunity to appreciate the contributions of friends of the victim and other well-meaning individuals, who were in solidarity with the police as the rescue operation lasted in the state.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police further warns that as long as he remains the Commissioner of Police in Imo State, there will be no hiding place for men of the underworld.
He, therefore, advises all those involved in criminal activities to leave the state in their own interest.