SIX people suspected to be involved in the kidnapping of Olu Falae, former secretary to the federal government of Nigeria and former finance minister, have been arrested by the police. The men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen were arrested with unspecified amount money. Realnews gathered that the suspects were apprehended at separate locations in Niger, Ondo and Ekiti States, by a team of Special Intelligence Squad, deployed to Ondo State by Solomon Arase, Inspector General of Police to track down the kidnappers.
The suspects, who were said to be of northern extraction, were picked when the operatives, following an intelligence report, combed several locations in Ondo, Ekiti and Niger States. It was further gathered that one of the suspects was still in possession of his share of the ransom when he was apprehended.
Although the Ondo State police command was yet to neither confirm nor deny the arrest, competent family source confirmed the arrest. Three of the abductors were apprehended in Niger State while the other seven are still on the run.
Femi Joseph, police spokesman, was not categorical about the arrest of the suspects. He said: “The kidnap of Chief Falae is a national issue. It has been taken over by the Inspector General of Police. All the issue that has to do with Chief Falae is being handled by the IGP himself. I am sure that the IGP will brief newsmen today on the development as regards the kidnap of Chief Falae.”
The former finance minister was abducted by gun-wielding Fulani herdsmen in his farm located at Ilado village in Akure North area of the state. He was released after 72 hours in captivity and payment of N5 million ransoms to the kidnappers.
— Oct 12, 2015 @ 12:30 GMT