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Confirmed: We paid the kidnappers-Olu Falae
Chief Olu Falae

Confirmed: We paid the kidnappers-Olu Falae

Contrary to reports including a statement by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase that no ransom was paid for the release of Chief Olu Falae, the man at the centre of the kidnap drama has come out to say it is a big lie

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Minister of Finance in Akure yesterday said his family paid an undisclosed amount of money to his kidnappers to secure his release.

Still disclosing details of his ordeal, he stated “One of them even told me that after leaving them if I went out and talked nonsense, they would come back and kidnap me again”, he said.
He said he was deprived of food, adding that the hoodlums threatened to kill him every 30 minutes until they got news that ransom had been paid.
“There were six of them with three or four guns and every half an hour or so they would say, ‘Baba we are going to kill you, if you don’t give us money we are going to kill you’,” Falae said. “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 to 3pm, one of them came and said, ‘the money don complete’.”
“Miraculously, I was not tired, I was not hungry and I was not afraid of them at all. Each time they said, ‘Baba we will kill you,’ I would tell them, ‘no, insha Allah, you will not kill me’. I did not break down, but I want to tell you that when I got back home I became completely exhausted. But I am now 80 per cent fit and I know in the next few days I will be up again.”
He warned that such attack should not be allowed to happen again as it could result to even graver consequences.
“It is not because of me. As for me, I am a very humble person, but by virtue of what God has made me and the status God has given me, it is an insult to our race that a man like me could be abducted by a bunch of hoodlums,” he said.

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