Mr Walton was abducted from the village of Massalata, close to the border of Nigeria, where he had been living with his wife and child for two years, his father told AFP news agency.
According to Locals, six men armed with AK47s arrived in the village on motorbikes to kidnapped Mr wanlton. It is however, unclear why Mr Walton was targeted and who the armed group were.
In a statement by the Special Assistance to the Secretary of State for Public Affairs, Jonathan Hoffman, he revealed that “the American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the US Department of State”.
He added that no American service personnel were harmed in the operation to rescue Mr Walton from the “armed men”.
Meanwhile, The US President Donald Trump, has sent a tweet praising the elite special forces for their successful operation.
“Big win for our very elite U.S. Special Forces today. Details to follow!,” he tweeted.