Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, on Thursday delivered abducted former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae, to his family in Akure, in line with the directive of President Muhamadu Buhari.
Mr. Falae was rescued after spending four days in the den of his kidnappers.
Following widespread concerns over his kidnap, President Buhari ordered Mr. Arase to rescue Mr. Falae within 48 hours.
Mr. Falae, also a former minister of finance, was escorted to his house at Obaile Road, Akure, by a team of police officers, led by Mr. Arase, at about 4pm amid jubilation by family members and well wishers.
Speaking to journalists after his arrival, Mr. Arase said it was not possible for criminal elements to hold the state to ransom.
Asked why he had to wait for a marching orders from the president before acting, the IGP said before the presidential order to rescue Mr. Falae, the police had already taken appropriate action.
“Before the president gave the directive, the police had taken steps,” he said.
“Since on Monday we have been doing our job to rescue him even before the directive.”
He said no ransom was paid to get him released.
He also refused to state whether any arrest was made, saying, “I will make that known later.”
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