All the passengers earlier reported to have been abducted by bandits at Odo-Osun axis near Imesi-Ile in Obokun LGA of Osun State, have been rescued unhurt.
However, one local security operative was killed and another injured.
Special Adviser to Governor Gboyega Oyetola on Security, Mrs Abiodun Ige said the rescue was made possible by the combined team of security operatives quickly deployed by the state government to the troubled spots.
Ige said the operative who sustained injuries in the course of the search and rescue operation is responding to treatment in the hospital.
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola consoled the family of the deceased and expressed a deep sense of appreciation of the gallantry and the courage displayed by the local operatives who acted promptly.
The government has expressed appreciation to the people of the state and implored them to continue to cooperate with security agencies in the state by providing necessary information on any untoward act or strange movements of people in their environment.