President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, and other security agencies to take all necessary measures to ensure the safe and speedy rescue of Chief Olu Falae, who was abducted from his farm on Monday.
Falae was abducted by suspected Fulani herdsmen, who are now demanding a ransom of N90m for his release.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement Wednesday, said Buhari’s directive was sequel to a briefing on the incident.
According to the statement, President Buhari condemned “the callous and reprehensible” kidnapping of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and elder statesman.
It also quoted the president as assuring Falae’s family, friends and other concerned Nigerians that the Federal Government would do all within its powers to ensure his swift release.
Towards this end, the statement said President Buhari had requested constant updates from the police and security agencies on efforts to find and rescue Chief Falae.
According to Adesina, President Buhari also denounces the recurring incidents of criminal abductions across the country.
He said President Buhari assured all Nigerians that ongoing efforts to significantly enhance the security of lives and property in the country would continue apace.
The presidential spokesman said Buhari also assured that under his leadership, Nigerians, irrespective of their status, would no longer be left at the mercy of criminal elements.