By Alex Agbo
The Department of State Security Service on Monday paraded two suspected kidnappers of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, in Abuja.
The suspects, Abdullahi Usman and Babawuro Kato, confessed to the kidnap of the Afenifere chieftain, Falae, and collection of N5million ransom for his release.
Presenting the suspects, Mr. Abdullahi Garba, an operative of the service, told newsmen that the suspects were arrested on Oct. 5 at J. Zebra Hotel in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
He said the abductors’ action was not targeted at Falae as a statesman and prominent Yoruba leader, stressing that they were mere criminals.
Garba further charged Nigerians to eschew attempts by mischief makers to link the incidence with ethnic sentiment to cause disaffection among the populace.
“To this effect, this service wishes to appeal to all Nigerians to be law-abiding and responsible in their commentary on sensitive issues affecting national security.”
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 sanctioned appropriately.
The suspects, who admitted committing the crime, said that they carried it out in conjunction with one Dantijo, who ran away with the N5 million ransom paid to secure his freedom.
Falae was abducted on his farm at Ilu-Odo, near Akure, Ondo State on Sept. 21 by armed men.
He was released four days later after a ransom was allegedly paid to the abductors by his family but the Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase who led Falae home after his release had denied ransom was paid.