Officers and men of the Ogun State Police Command have rescued a former Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Archbishop Peter Jasper Akinola.
Akinola was kidnapped on Tuesday afternoon at about 3pm.
The rescue operation, which started shortly after Akinola was kidnapped, yielded results at about 8pm.
Akinola was rescued along with his daughter and driver, who were in his Sport Utility Vehicle at the time he was kidnapped.
However, the gunmen escaped with Akinola’s SUV.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Police Command, Prince Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the development.
Adejobi said the police team that carried out the rescue operation and the victims were on their way to the police headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Our earlier story on the kidnap
Retired Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Archbishop Peter Jasper Akinola, has been kidnapped.
Akinola was kidnapped in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Tuesday at about 3pm.
The former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, was said to have been waylaid by gunmen about 3pm and taken away in his vehicle along with his driver,.
He was accosted by the gunmen in front of the Peter Akinola Foundation Centre for Youth Industrial Training at Kilometre 10, Abeokuta-Lagos Expressway.
He was riding in his Sports Utility Vehicle when he was waylaid.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Police Command, Prince Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the development but said it was too early to conclude that it was a case of kidnapping.
Adejobi said the state Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, has ordered manhunt for Akinola’s abductors.
He said: “We are aware of the incident but it is too early to jump into conclusion that it is kidnapping.
“We were told that some armed men waylaid him and went away with his vehicle.
“But we have seen cases where armed men will steal a vehicle and go away with its owner or occupant for their own safety.
“Therefore, it’s too early to draw the line that it is kidnapping.
“However, we have alerted our men.
“We have details of the vehicle.
“By God’s grace, it won’t be a sad situation.
“The primate will be safe.
“The CP (Commissioner of Police) and the Area Commander are out to make sure he is safe.”