THE sum of N1m ransom was paid before the release of two victims abducted along Ilesha/Akure expressway late Tuesday.

During the search for the victims, seven persons suspected to be accomplices were also reportedly arrested by the search party that includes members of Oodua Peoples Congress, men of Joint Task Force and the police.

The two women released late on Tuesday were abducted on Sunday.

Spokesperson for Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, in a statement, said the victims had been rescued.

The statement read in parts, “This is to inform you that the kidnapped victims along Akure road have been rescued yesterday night during joint operations of NPF, hunters, Amotekun, Vigilante and JTF men while combing the forest in that area.”

Giving an insight into how the victims were rescued, a member of the group that went into forest between Omoh Ijesa and Erin Ijesa, said two woman abducted by the gunmen were released late on Tuesday after payment of N1m ransom.

The search party member, declined not to be named, also said their abductors had initially demanded N10m before their release, but the sum was later reduced because of pressure by those searching for the victims.

One the victims was said to be daughter of a senior civil servant in the employ of Osun State Government.

The source said, “They later reduced the payment to N1m ransom which was paid. The kidnappers later released the victims. While searching the bush, we arrested seven suspected accomplices; one of them is resident in a nearby village.”

When contacted, the Osun Coordinator of OPC, Prince Deji Aladesawe, though refused to comment on the ransom, confirmed the arrest of the suspects believed to be working with the perpetrators of the crime.

Meanwhile, a man and  a woman whose identities were not made available, weer abducted between Omo Ijesa and Erin Ijesa in Osun state on Sunday had been rescued by the security men late Tuesday.

Opalola, the spokesperson for Osun Police Command, confirmed the abduction of two passengers between Omo Ijesa and Erin Ijesa along Ilesha/Akure expressway.