IGP, Solomon Arase says the police was not aware of ransom payment for the release of Chief Olu Falae, by his abductors.
The inspector general of police , Solomon Arase has said that the police was not aware of ransom payment claimed by the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, who was adopted on 21st september and was release four later.
The IGP ,in rejoinder issued yesterday in Abuja , said whatever the family paid was outside the knowledge of the police , adding that the police do not encourage the payment of ransom to kidnappers or other criminals as it is tantamount to rewarding crime and motivating other criminals to follow that path.
It reads “ The office of the Inspector-General of Police has been inundated with enquires on claims by Chief Olu Falae and his family that a ransom was paid to his abductors following the kidnapping incident involving him on 21st September, 2015 and eventual release on 24th September, 2015. ”
“As a law enforcement agency guided by rule of law and professional ethics we do not under any circumstance encourage the payment of ransom to kidnappers or other criminals as it is tantamount to rewarding crime and motivating other criminals to follow that path.”
“As such, the Police was not in any way privy to any arrangement that would have led to payment of ransom by the elder statesman or his family. “ “For the respected Chief to declare that he paid a ransom for his release is therefore, a demotivating news.
Our approach was a professional response to what we saw as a crime against a respected national personality known to embrace peace and who has dedicated most of his valuable life to selfless service of our Nation.”
The Police boss insisted he led the operation and deployed intelligence and operational capabilities including Police helicopters for aerial surveillance. “Our intelligence and operational teams comprising Intelligence Response Team (a special anti-kidnapping unit), Conventional and Mobile Policemen were deployed for rescue operation.”
“They followed the path from the point of kidnapping at his farm at Ilado, along Igbatoro Road in Akure, Ondo State and trailed the hoodlums through bushes to Owo in Ondo State. In the process, we were able to identify the major actors and currently high level Police activities are being emplaced to apprehend and bring them to justice.”
“As professionals, it is our conviction that the unprecedented and massive deployment of Police resources and men to support search and rescue operations put pressure on the criminals to release the elder statesman. “
“This is much so, that history has shown that even where ransom is proven to have been paid the life or safe return of a kidnap victim may not be guaranteed. The primary interest of the Police in this instance and granted the circumstances of the incident), was the safe rescue of Chief Olu Falae which was achieved.”
“Whatever the family did as regards payment of ransom was outside the knowledge and consent of the Police and at this point we wish to advice that in future families who fall victims of such acts should rather work closely with the Police component of the rescue initiative so that we can achieve the primary purpose of rescuing the victim alive instead of wittingly or unwittingly giving the impression of encouraging criminal activity by rewarding criminals with payment of ransom.”
– Faith Aghaeze, Abuja