Chief Olu Falae testifies against abductors

Chief Olu Falae testifies against abductors

Mfonobong Akpan

Chief Olu Falae yesterday ap­peared before an Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure where he testified against six persons standing trial over his abduction.

Falae, who appeared before Justice Ritimi Olumide, ex­plained that he was tortured for hours inside a thick forest where he was driven to by his kidnappers.

Falae, national chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said he was released on the fourth day of his abduction after his family paid ransom for his release.

He also explained that the six suspected kidnappers whom he identified in court, dragged him out of his office in his farm and took him to the bush after inflicting injuries on his body with machete.

He told the court that the suspects later asked for his wife’s GSM number after he had been tortured, recalling that the suspects eventually es­tablished communication with his family through his wife.

Falae, who was kidnapped the same day he clocked 77, explained that “when one of the kidnappers saw me and discov­ered that there were wounds on my body, he went to the bush to look for a leaf which he used to treat the wounds.

That was how we started a journey which lasted 12 hours in the forest…”

“One of them said, my people were offering them N2 million, how could my people offer N2 million to Boko-Ha­ram?

That was when I pleaded to speak with my wife and told her to look around, whether we could meet their demand,” he said.

Attorney General and Com­missioner for Justice, Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), who represented the state urged the court to give the case acceler­ated hearing.


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