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OPC, Gn Condems Fales's Abduction

The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), in the strongest possible terms, has condemn the abduction of Chief Olu Falae allegedly by Fulani herdsmen in Akure, Ondo State.

Olu Falae

Ondo police spokesperson Wole Ogodo said that it was possible the herdsmen masterminded his kidnap. The abductors of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation reportedly have demanded a N100 million ransom for his release.
“It is indeed a sad development that Chief Falae, aside from being prominent Yoruba son, was a minister of the federal republic of Nigeria. His abduction is not only ungodly, but also a sin against humanity,” OPC said in a statement signed by its National coordinator, Gani Adams.

“For a man who lost a very promising son only two years ago to be abducted on his 77th birthday is a dastardly act that should be condemned by all peace-loving and reasonable Nigerians.

“It is also worrisome that the nation is descending into an era when a citizen is not safe even in his own home.

“The trend in which Fulani herdsmen would invade private farms of simple farms in our land and vandalise it is gradually making a return.

“However, we would want to be known that the attribute of Yoruba people to be accommodating is not something that should be abused. For us, being accommodating is a virtue that was inculcated into us by our forefathers, and should therefore not be seen as a weakness by anybody.

“We would, however want to send a note of warning that the Federal Government should do all within its powers to ensure that Baba Falae is returned to his family safe and sound.”

On his part, the immediate past governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel called for the unconditional release of Chief Olu Falae who was abducted on Saturday.

In a statement appealing for the release of the elder statesman, Otunba Daniel described Chief Falae as one of the remaining distinguished leaders who has dedicated his life to the service of his people and the nation in general.

He also stressed that Chief Falae is a peace loving old man who does not deserve any ill treatment or stress in whatever form.

“Chief Olu Falae, has paid his dues in ensuring unity and peace in the country and one can only wonder the motive behind his abduction despite his humanitarian and warm disposition to all”.

Otunba Daniel then prayed for the safe release of the front line politician as he equally called on all well meaning Nigerians, politicians, religion leaders, former Heads of State and Presidents to intervene in the appeal for the freedom of the former Secretary to the Federal Government.

Former Minister of Aviation and spokesperson for the Goodluck Jonathan campaign organization, Femi Fani Kayode, described the abduction of former minister of finance, Chief Olu Falae, as not “unacceptable and exceptionally dangerous”.

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