Thursday, 24 September 2015

IGP Issues Directive On Olu Falae's Rescue

The Inspector-General of Police Solomon Arase, has directed all security agencies in Ondo state to engage in a massive search and rescue operation for elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae, who was kidnapped on his farm on Monday, September 21.

The charge by the IG follows a similar directive by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, September 22, to the IG and other security agencies to secure the immediate rescue of Chief Olu Falae from his abductors.

The president in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesin, described the kidnap as insensitive. He however assured Falae’s family, friends and other concerned Nigerians that the federal government will do everything in its powers to ensure his quick release.

Confirming the IG’s directive to the security agencies, the police spokesperson, Kolawole Olabisi said: “The police are working hard to affect the rescue of Chief Falae. The IG has directed the command CP to mobilise all resources towards the rescue of the statesmen and I believe this has been done,” she told The Punch.

When asked if the force headquarters would send reinforcements to the state to aid the search efforts,  Kolawole said such was unnecessary because the  Ondo state police command was up to the task of rescuing Falae from his abductors.

The kidnap of Olu Falae has drown widespread criticism from the public. Among those who have criticised the abduction of the elder statesman include the immediate past governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) who described the abduction as an ill treatment meted on the elder statesman.

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In the same vein, former minister of aviation and spokesperson for the Goodluck Jonathan campaign organization, Femi Fani Kayode, described the abduction of Chief Falae as “unacceptable and exceptionally dangerous”.

On its part, the socio cultural group, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), called the abduction of Falae an ungodly act a sin against humanity.

The OPC in a statement signed by its National coordinator, Gani Adams said: “It is also worrisome that the nation is descending into an era when a citizen is not safe even in his own home. “