President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, and other security agencies to take all necessary action to ensure the safe and speedy rescue of Chief Olu Falae, whose kidnapping he has also strongly condemned.
“The President assures Chief Falae’s family, friends and other concerned Nigerians that the Federal Government will do all within its powers to ensure his swift release,” a press statement by the presidency said.
“President Buhari, who has requested constant updates from the police and security agencies on efforts to find and rescue Chief Falae, also denounces the recurring incidents of criminal abductions across the country,” it added.
The President further ‘assured all Nigerians that ongoing efforts to significantly enhance the security of lives and property in the country will continue apace and that under his leadership, Nigerians, irrespective of their status, will no longer be left at the mercy of criminal elements,’ the statement read.
It would be recalled that the former Finance minister as well as Secretary to the Government of the Federation and a 1999 presidential candidate of the defunct SDP was abducted from his farm, in Akure, Ondo State, Monday with a ransom of N100 million initially slammed on him by his abductors, who later reduced it to N90 million.