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Olu Falae’s Kidnappers Sentenced to Life Imprisonment


Seven Fulani herdsmen, who kidnapped Chief Olu Falae on September 21, 2015, have been sentenced to life imprisonment by an Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure.
The High Court of Akure Division, made the pronouncement on Monday after finding the defendants guilty of kidnap of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
Justice Williams Olamiti said he found them guilty of the act as charged by the Ondo State government.
Falae was seized in his farm by the herdsmen on September 21, 2015 during his 77th birthday and was made to pay a ransom of N5m before he was set free.
The convicts are Abubakar Auta, Bello Jannu, Umaru Ibarahim, Masahudu Muhammed, Idris Lawal, Abdulkadir Umar and Babawo Kato.
They were initially arraigned on five counts of kidnapping, abduction, aiding and abetting, kidnapping, conspiracy and armed robbery.
The offences were said to be contrary to Section 2 of the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Abduction Law, 5(1) (a) of the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Abduction Laws, Section 3(11)(b) of the Anti-Kidnapping and Abduction Law, Section 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act, Cap R11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and Section 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap R11, Vol. 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
It took the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari who ordered the former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase to rescue the National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party.
In his judgment, the trial Judge, Justice Olamide held that the seven accused persons were guilty of the kidnapping charge brought against them by the Ondo State Government.
He said the recovered ransom, call logs, and identification of the suspects by Chief Falae himself, indicted the convicts of complicity in the crime and subsequently sentenced them to Olokuta prison, Akure for life, without an option of a fine.
He however discharged them of two of the counts, conspiracy and armed robbery.

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