Falae’s Abduction: Confusion As Police, DSS Parade Two Sets Of Suspects

The Nigeria Police Force and Department of State Services (DSS) was brought to the fore again yesterday as barely 24 hours after the DSS paraded two suspects in connection with the abduction of the elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae, the police yesterday said they had five suspects in their custody.

Falae was kidnapped by armed men who stormed his farm last September 21, 2015. He was released three days later after his family parted with a ransom of N5 million.

The DSS on Monday paraded two suspects, Babawuro Kato and Abdullahi Usman, who claimed that the abduction of Falae was carried out by a three-man gang, adding however that the mastermind, one Dantito, escaped with the N5 million ransom collected from Falae’s relatives.

Abubakar Garba, who addressed the press on behalf of the DSS, said two of the abductors were arrested by the department’s operatives on October 15 at J. Zebra Hotel along Ganaja Road in Lokoja, Kogi State.

But the Inspector General of Police (IG) Solomon Arase, during the monthly meeting of top police officers at the force headquarters in Abuja yesterday, said the police apprehended five of the eight-man gang which abducted the elder statesman.

He named the suspects to include Abubakar Auta, Idris Lawan, Umar Ibrahim, Masahudu Mohammed and Bello Tanu whom he said operated a statewide kidnapping ring.

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