The Police on Sunday night claimed a breakthrough in the bid to bust the gang of kidnappers who abducted elder statesman and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, about a month ago.
Falae was seized on his farm in Ilu-Odo, near Akure, Ondo State and was released allegedly on the payment of a ransom by his family.
His abduction was said to have been perpetrated by some Fulani herdsmen and this led some Yoruba leaders to call on the Buhari regime to immediately ensure the arrest of the perpetrators of the abduction.
A report on Channels Television on Sunday night quoted a source within the police as saying five of the eight gang members who abducted the elder statesman had been released.
The source said the gunmen were arrested in Niger, Ondo and Ekiti states. He was also quoted as saying some part of the ransom paid had also been recovered.
The Inspector-General of Police Solomon Arase, who claimed the police secured Falae’s release and who was on hand to lead the Afenifere Chieftain to his house after his release, had said no ransom was paid.
But Falae had disclosed that some ransom was paid though he did n’t give the amount. The abductors initially demanded N100million, but they later reduced the ransom, but the Falae family had said it was only able to get N2million.
Whether that N2million was paid to secure his release or not is yet unclear.