Joe Ayuwo, a lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), has regained his freedom, 23 days after he was abducted.
Ayuwo was abducted while he was returning from a meeting in Andoni LGA of the state.
The lecturer was said to have been released by his abductors in the late hours of Monday.
Nnamdi Omoni, spokesman for the Rivers police command in Rivers, was quoted as saying the lecturer was “rescued”.
He said in a statement: “The Rivers State Police Command has rescued Dr Joe Ayuwo, a lecturer in UNIPORT, who was taken hostage by gunmen while returning from a function in Andoni, Rivers.
“Ayuwo had been in captivity until his release at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
“His release was made possible by the intense and relentless pressure mounted by the police, who through technical intelligence spotted the kidnappers’ location.
“We were closing in on them when the kidnappers on seeing the red flag abandoned the victim and took to flight.”
Omoni said the lecturer is currently receiving medical attention, and will soon be discharged to reunite with his family.