Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase has described claims by Chief Olu Falae that his family paid ransom to his abductors as ‘rewarding crime and motivating other criminals to follow the same path.’
The IGP also denied knowledge of any form of negotiations between the Falaes and the kidnappers.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the Force Public Relations Officer, acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, Olabisi Kolawole said the office of the IGP was inundated by Chief Falae’s claims.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, was abducted September 21 and eventually released on September 24.
The IGP took the glory for Falae’s release but last Monday, the ex-SGF said his freedom came not due to the efforts of the police but that his family paid the kidnappers some money for him to be freed.
But ACP Kolawole’s statement emphasise that the police, as a law enforcement agency guided by rule of law and professional ethics, 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.
She said 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.
Part of the statement reads, “For the respected Chief to declare that he paid a ransom for his release is therefore, motivating 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 to our nation.
“The primary interest of the Police in this instance and granted the circumstances of the incident, was the safe rescue of Chief Falae which was achieved.
“In this instance, having confirmed that ransom was paid to the abductors, the Police will be interested in widening their investigative scope with a view to exploring the lead further with regards to how payment was made and to whom such payment was made.
“If the payment was perfected through bank transaction, the Police have the capacity to track such transactions and will be liaising with the bank to enable us trace the cash and apprehend the perpetrators. This could be an added lead that could strengthen ongoing post-kidnapping efforts of the Police.”


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