Police Shouldn’t Take Glory For Falae’s Release, We Paid Ransom – Family Source Says

Chief Olu Falae

There is no grain of truth in the impression created by the Nigerian Police that the for­mer minister of finance and chieftain of Afenifere, Chief Olu Falae was re­leased by his abductors without paying ransom, Sun News reports.

A family member of the elder statesman said con­trary to the claim by the police authorities, ransom was paid before Chief Fa­lae was eventually released

The family source also berated the Inspector-Gen­eral of Police, Mr Solo­mon Arase for claiming the glory for Falae’s release saying the police boss just came to Ondo for jambo­ree “because Police did not have any input in Baba’s release.”

The former Secretary to the Government of the Fed­eration and national chair­man of the Social Demo­cratic Party (SDP) was kidnapped in his farm at Ilado in Akure North Local Government Area by sus­pected Fulani herdsmen. He regained his freedom after spending four days in the kidnappers’ den.

“I wonder why people don’t investigate well be­fore talking. It will be very unfair to give any kudos to the police over Chief Fa­lae’s release having being held hostage for four days.

“If we relied on Police to rescue Baba and ignored his abductors on the ran­som they demanded, by now we would have been telling another story. But we thank God our Baba came back alive,” the source stated.

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The source did not dis­close the actual amount paid but said the family had to appeal to the hoodlums to spare Falae’s life saying the kidnappers threatened seriously.

“So, in this kind of de­velopment, we should wait and be listening to the po­lice? My brother, forget. As far as I know, the police didn’t play any role in his release. The family played ball with the abductors, and they took him back to his farm where he was kid­napped and dropped him there.

“Baba even said it when he got home that af­ter the abductors had con­cluded their arrangements with his family, they took him back to his farm at Ila­do and dropped him there.

“Baba said when his abductors dropped him, he trekked several kilo­meters from his farm to a hotel in owo where he met some policemen and in­troduced himself as Chief Olu Falae. That was how the Police got to know of his release and hijacked the whole process as if they were the ones who rescued him. Only an unreasonable person will still give kudos to the police for the Chief’s release. We know who and who we should thank, not the police,” the furious family source said.

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