DSS pa­rades sus­pected kid­nap­pers of Falae

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The Depart­ment of State Ser­vice (DSS) yesterday pa­raded two sus­pects ac­cused of tak­ing part in the kid­nap­ping of Chief Olu Falae.

An of­fi­cial of the DSS, Ab­dul­lahi Garba while parad­ing the sus­pects at the Abuja head of­fice of the Ser­vice, said they were ar­rested on Oc­to­ber 5th at a Ho­tel along Ganaja Road, Lokoja, Kogi State.

Falae who was a for­mer Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion and Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, was ab­ducted on his farm at Ilado vil­lage, Akure, Ondo State on Septem­ber 21 by armed men sus­pected to be Fu­lani herds­men and re­leased four days later.

Garba said the ab­duc­tors’ ac­tion was not tar­geted at Falae as a states­man and prom­i­nent Yoruba leader, adding that they were mere crim­i­nals.

He en­joined Nige­ri­ans to shun at­tempts by mis­chief mak­ers to give the in­ci­dent an eth­nic col­oration to cause dis­af­fec­tion among the pop­u­lace.

“To this ef­fect, this ser­vice wishes to ap­peal to all Nige­ri­ans to be lawabid­ing and re­spon­si­ble in their com­men­tary on sen­si­tive is­sues af­fect­ing na­tional se­cu­rity,” Garba said.

He warned that the Ser­vice would not hes­i­tate to deal with any­body, no mat­ter how highly placed, in ac­cor­dance with the law.

Garba stressed that ef­forts were be­ing in­ten­si­fied to en­sure that all those in­volved in the crim­i­nal act were brought to jus­tice.

The sus­pects, who ad­mit­ted com­mit­ting the crime, said that they car­ried it out in con­junc­tion with one Dat­tijo, who ran away with the N5 mil­lion ran­som paid.

One of the sus­pects 26- year- old Babawuro Kato nar­rated how he was ap­proached by Dat­tijo, now at large, at a wed­ding in K war a State shortly be­fore the last Eid El-Kabir.

He con­fessed that he gave in­for­ma­tion on a “big man” that can be ab­ducted so as to get money for the Sal­lah cel­e­bra­tions.

Kato told jour­nal­ists that “I then told him that I know one man who used to bring a Hilux ve­hi­cle to his farm and I used to see him as I move my cows about.”

Kato said Falae was ab­ducted and taken to Owo where he was kept at a place called “Pipe­lines” around Benin junction.

Also speak­ing the sec­ond sus­pect, Ab­dul­lahi Us­man said he had no knowl­edge of the man be­ing kid­napped but only helped in trans­port­ing Falae with Dat­tijo on his mo­tor­cy­cle through bush paths while Falae was still in cap­tiv­ity.

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