A High Court in Akure, Ondo state, South west Nigeria has handed down life sentence to seven suspected herdsmen over the kidnap of Olu Falae, former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF).
The court presided over by Justice Williams Olamide, held that the suspects were guilty of the kidnapping charge brought against them, adding that the recovered ransom, call logs, and identification of the suspects by Falae indicted them of complicity in the crime.
He discharged them of the charges of conspiracy and armed robbery, but convicted them on other charges and sentenced them to life imprisonment without an option of fine.
Adesola Adeyemi, director of public prosecution at the Ondo state ministry of justice, described the judgment as justice well served.
On Monday, September 21, which was Falae’s 77th birthday, armed men invaded his farm located at Ilado village, Akure, Ondo capital, and abducted him.
President Muhammadu Buhari had directed Solomon Arase, the former inspector-general of police, to relocate to Ondo to secure Falae’s release, and the septuagenarian regained freedom after three days in captivity.
The Department of States Services (DSS) later arrested some suspects in a hotel in Lokoja, Kogi state capital, and they were later arraigned in court.