Wednesday, September 30, 2015 5:05 pm
The Afenifere Renewal Group on Wednesday expressed lack of confidence in the Nigerian Police Force for not being able to rescue Chief Olu Falae, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
Falae was released four days after he was abducted from his farm.
Falae claimed later that a ransom was paid for his release, but the police claimed ignorance of the ransom.
The ARG said it was still shocked by the kidnap saga adding that Falae’s “account has removed every doubt as to the character and content of the kidnap, the callousness of the kidnappers and the total helplessness of the Nigerian police and security forces.”
In a statement signed by the National Chairman, Afenifere Renewal Group, Olawale Oshun, the group said it was aware that the Directorate of Security Service is located in all local government areas of this country.
“But rather than face the arduous task of covert operations that intelligence services are known for all over the world, they are all over the place, hobnobbing with politicians and grandstanding in the media.
“ARG deems it unimaginable and an insult on the Yoruba nation that such kidnap can take place within the ambit of Ondo State where Chief Falae is not only a well known personality but also one of the prominent leaders – It is immaterial whether it took place on a farm or not.
“ARG also observes that many of the high profile kidnappings that occurred in Yorubaland were perpetrated by persons who are not of Yoruba extraction.
“ARG therefore asks President Buhari to give the issue of internal security the same priority as those of corruption and economy.
“We hope that he will do all he could to solve this onerous problem. However, as development stakeholders in the Nigerian project, Yoruba people have always stood for the need to decentralise the national security framework according to the dictate of True Federalism as opposed to the unitarian governance model in place.
“ARG reiterates this standpoint, particularly on the wholesome restructuring of our country as it is an inescapable decision that may eventually make or break Nigeria.
“In the interim however, ARG calls on all Yoruba traditional leaders, monarchs, village heads, and regents to live up to their traditionally accepted role of securing their subjects and domains.
“ARG wishes Chief Olu Falae quick recovery from this unwholesome therapy of an experience,” the group said