Operatives of the Ondo State Command of the South-West Security Network, code-named, “Amotekun” have rescued nine of the 12 abducted travellers in Akoko area of the state.

The passengers, who were travelling from Abuja to Lagos in an 18-seater bus, were attacked and abducted by the armed men at Idoani-Ifira axis in Akoko South-East Local Government area of the state on Wednesday.

The state Commander of Amotekun, Mr Adetunji Adeleye, told newsmen in Akure on Thursday that the 9 victims were rescued after his men responded to a distress call from concerned citizens.

Adeleye said that his men were still combing the bush to rescue the remaining three victims.

“Our men responded to the gunshots and a distress call. They got there on time and were able to rescue nine of them.

“They took them to our office in Isua and released them after giving them necessary attention.

“The vehicle and its driver have also been released to the police. We are now on the trail of the kidnappers to rescue the remaining three victims,” Adeleye said.

Mr Hakeem Sadiq, the Divisional Police Officer in Isua-Akoko, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Akure on Thursday.

Sadiq said that the anti-kidnapping unit was already working with other sister agencies to ensure that the travellers were rescued unhurt.