Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, after his release yesterday, has been speaking on his experience in the hands of his kidnappers.
Chief Olu Falae who was allegedly abducted by unknown Fulani herdsmen on Monday, while he was on his farm in Ilado village, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, described his experience as hell, saying he slept on the bare floor for four whole days.
In his discussion with the state Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, who paid him a visit at his Oba Ile residence, Falae said his abductors were unreasonable in their demand. He said, “When I told the kidnappers that my family could raise N2m for ransom against the N100m they demanded, they rejected it and told me, ‘Is it Boko Haram you are giving N2m to?’”
After being released, the septuagenarian said he trekked several kilometers from his farm to a hotel in Owo town, where he met security agents that took him home. It was like a biblical triumphant entry for the elder statesman as he was cheered by scores of his friends, family and people of Ilu Abo town, where he is a traditional ruler.
Looking weary and frail, the former Minister of Finance arrived at his home at about 4.45pm in company with the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Mrs. Kalafite Adeyemi, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mike Ogbodu, and other police officers from the state command and the Force headquarters, Abuja.
Refusing to disclose details of how he was rescued as it is purely a security matter, the Police IG who reportedly came to the state on the order of President Muhammadu Buhari to secure Falae’s release, expressed his delight that the septuagenarian was rescued hale and hearty.
“The most important thing is that baba has come home safely, that is the mandate the President has given to me and that is exactly what I have done, he said.
“On the arrest made in connection with the crime and the amount paid as ransom, the police boss said, “I will let you know about arrest later, but no ransom was paid.”
Expressing his delight over the release of Falae, the state Governor Mimiko, had this to say: “We thank God he is back, but one is also worried that the issue of kidnapping is taking another dimension. That somebody of Falae’s pedigree was taken away while working on his farm, is a very serious security challenge and I think we must tackle it in a wider dimension.”
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