One of three people abducted by gunmen in Fulani settlements near the town of Iwo, Osun state, has been rescued.
PUNCH subway gathered that the rescued victim, Adams Ojonla, regained his freedom after the captors encountered some hunters around the Papa area of Iwo on Monday.
Gunmen number eight kidnapped Ojonla, 38, a Fulani; The victims were identified last Friday as Hamzat Ibrahim and Deere Ibrahim, both from Bororo, in Idi Araba and Laagi Fulani, along Iwo/Aawe/Oyo Road.
During the encounter at Papa, the kidnappers allegedly engaged the hunters in a shootout, which left Ojonla in the lurch.
Our correspondent also heard that during the negotiations, the kidnappers told the families of the remaining victims to pay the ransom in dollars.
A source said: “They contacted the families of the abductees late on Sunday. They initially asked for N5m for each of them. But today (Monday) they have reduced the amount to N4m for each of the two people under their care.
“Police officers and hunters are on the trail of the perpetrators. One person has been rescued, but two are still being held.”
Osun State Police Command spokesman Yemisi Opalola said, “One person has been rescued. But a search and rescue operation is still underway to free others.”
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