One of three people abducted by gunmen from Fulani settlements near the town of Iwo in Osun state has been rescued.
PUNCH Metro learned that rescued victim Adams Ojonla was released after kidnappers encountered hunters in the Papa area of Iwo on Monday.
Eight gunmen abducted Ojonla, 38, a Fulani; The victims were identified as Hamzat Ibrahim and Deere Ibrahim, both from Bororo, in Idi Araba and Laagi Fulani along the Iwo/Aawe/Oyo road last Friday.
During the encounter at Papa, the kidnappers allegedly engaged the hunters in a firefight, during which Ojonla was abandoned.
Our correspondent also learned that the kidnappers told the families of the remaining victims during negotiations to pay the ransom in dollars.
A source said: “They contacted the families of the abductees on Sunday evening. They first asked for 5 million naira for each of them. But today (Monday) they reduced the sum to 4 million naira for each of the two people in their custody.
“The police and hunters are on the trail of the perpetrators. One person was rescued, but two are still being held.
Osun State Police Command spokesman Yemisi Opalola said, “One person was rescued. But a search and rescue operation is still underway to free the others.
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