I Slept On Bare Floor, Falae Shares His Ordeal With Kidnappers

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae, was released yesterday afternoon by his abductors, three days after he was kidnapped from his farm in Ilado, Akure North Local Government Area in Ondo State.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered Arase and the security agencies to rescue Falae, who was also once a Finance Minister. On arrival yesterday, Arase led other police officers including the Commissioner of Police for the Ondo State Command, Mike Ogbodo, to comb the Government Forest Reserve close to Falae’s farm.

The police were later to pick Falae from Owo, where he was let go by his abductors. Falae, who walked into the hands of his family and a jubilant crowd that had been waiting since morning for his arrival, wore a white caftan with a blue cap.

His neat appearance suggested that he changed to clean clothes after he was picked by the search team. The IG, who left Falae’s house immediately for Abuja, said the crime was a global issue. When asked about the operation, Arase said it was a security matter that could not be disclosed.

Speaking on his ordeal, Falae said he slept on bare floor for the three days he was in captivity.

Falae, who looked frail, said it was hellish being in captivity, particularly in the kidnappers’ den. In a brief recount, Falae said when he told his abductors that his family could raise N2 million only as ransom, they rejected it, replying: “Is it Boko Haram you are giving N2 million to?”

He thanked God that he had been released and expressed gratitude to his well wishers for their concern while he was in captivity.
Other early visitors to Falae’s residence after his release included the National Leader of Afenifere, Rotimi Fasonranti, among others.

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Osun Lecturers Storm Assembly, Sit On Bare Floor Over Unpaid Salaries

Lecturers under the aegis of the Council of Academic Staff Unions of Osun State Owned Tertiary Institutions on Monday took their protest over unpaid salaries to the state House of Assembly.

However, the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salam, walked out on them. The workers are protesting the non-payment of their salaries for eight straight months.

It was learnt that the Speaker walked out on the lecturers after spending some minutes with them.? The lecturers had been on strike for the past three months.

?Chanting various anti-government songs, the lecturers carried various placards some of which read: ‘Save our Souls’, ‘Enough is Enough’, ‘Pay our Salaries’ and ‘We Reject Half Salaries’.

The workers, who were led by leaders of the body including Chairman, Lasisi Jimoh; Secretary Olusegun Lana and Public Relations Officer, Dotun Omisore decried the speaker’s action.

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