Contrary to reports previously announced by the officers of the Nigerian Police Force, the police had no input whatsoever in securing the release of the recently kidnapped former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae.
The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, had earlier claimed that no ransom was paid before Falae’s freedom.
However, although the elder statesman, who was kidnapped by some suspected Fulani herdsmen on Monday, September 21 and released on Thursday September 24, 2015, did not disclose the amount paid, he added that it was when the money was completed that he was freed.
Olu Falae also told the press: “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?’”
He stated this when a former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt.-Gen. Alani Akinrinade (retd.), paid him a visit at his Oba Ile, Akure, residence on Monday.
Falae said that he wasn’t surprised that the police couldn’t track the abductors because they were changing locations at two to three times a day. The 77-year-old ex-SGF told that he had to cover long distances barefooted with his clothes in tatters without any food or water. At night he had nothing to cover himself while it was raining.
Falae, also a former Minister of Finance, said, “There were six of them with three or four guns and every half an hour or so they will say, ‘Baba we are going to kill you, if you don’t give us money, we are going to kill you.
“On Wednesday, one of them came and said, ‘Look, we are going to leave here on Thursday morning. Since we cannot leave you here alone, if we don’t get what we want, we are going to kill you’.
“And they said they gave me until 3pm and if at 3pm, they didn’t get the money, they would execute me. I thank God that at 21 minutes before 3pm, one of them came and said, ‘The money don complete’.”
On Thursday, shortly after the release, the kidnap victim narrated how he had slept on bare floor in the kidnappers’ den.
According to a Naij.com reporter, a member of the Falae family who declined to be identified.declared that the claims by the Nigerian police force that they rescued the former secretary to the government of the federation, Chief Olu Falae, are false,.
The source also berated the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase for claiming the police released Falae telling that “police did not have any input in Baba’s release.”
“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”, the source in Falae’s family told, adding that“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.”