Buhari finally speaks out on Falae’s abduction

By Amako Nneji September 23, 2015 13:44

Buhari finally speaks out on Falae’s abduction

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, September 23 directed the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase and other security agencies to take all necessary action to ensure the safe and speedy rescue of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Olu Falae.

In a statement by the Special Assistant to the President of Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina condemned the “callous and reprehensible kidnapping of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and elder statesman.”

Falae was abducted on Monday during his 77th birthday as gunmen numbering over 20 invaded his farm in Ilado village, Akure North area of Ondo state and abducted him.

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He was picked at about 1pm and by 3.20pm, the abductors demanded for N100m as ransom before he could be freed.

The police authorities however have insisted it was a case of attack rather than kidnap.
Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wole Ogodo, said in Akure that Falae was attacked and taken away.

He said that contrary to earlier reports, “It wasn’t a case of kidnap but an attack by Fulani herdsmen.”

The police spokesman said Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, was taken away while some of his workers were seriously wounded.

Buhari, who had requested constant updates from the police and other security agencies on efforts to find and rescue Falae, also denounced the recurring incidents of criminal abductions across the country

The President assured Falae’s family, friends and other concerned Nigerians that the Federal Government would do all within its powers to ensure his swift release.

He assured all Nigerians that ongoing efforts to significantly enhance the security of lives and property in the country would continue, adding that under his leadership, Nigerians, irrespective of their status, “will no longer be left at the mercy of criminal elements.”