The Ondo State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, blamed Governor Olusegun Mimiko, for the abduction of former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) and Afenifere chieftain, Chief Olu Falae, even as it also berated former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, for blaming the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for Falae’s kidnap.
The party in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Adesanya, berated the Governor Mimiko for the high rate of kidnapping, rape, robbery, extrajudicial killing and other social vices in the state, noting that Falae was kidnapped in his farm in the Akure area of the state.
The party also said other people had been kidnapped around the farm about two weeks ago and a security report was given to the governor but Mimiko and the police authorities failed to act.
The statement read in part, “About three weeks ago, specifically on September 2, 2015, around Chief Olu Falae’s farm in Ala village, Akure- North Local Government area of the state, a farmer, Mr. Adediran Adejo, was kidnapped from his farm. Adejo was in captivity for several days and was not released until a ransom was paid to his abductors.
“Governor Olusegun Mimiko, being the Chief Security Officer of the state, the Ondo State Police Command and other security agencies had adequate information and notice about the kidnapping and other criminal activities in this area and across the state, but they were lackadaisical about these developments.
“The kidnapping of Chief Falae, being the second within a period of three weeks in this particular area, Ala village, is totally unacceptable and it is an indictment on Governor Mimiko, the police and other security agencies for their lackadaisical attitude and dereliction of duty.”
The APC wondered how the security vote was being spent in the light of the surge in crime in the state
It said the ‘fire brigade’ approach on the current manhunt of Falae’s kidnappers is because a prominent and famous Nigerian is the latest victim.
It added, “The APC’s investigation revealed that a whooping sum of N1.5bn is being deducted as security vote from the state’s treasury on a monthly basis. If this amount is committed to securing lives and properties, these dastardly acts would have abated. “We don’t want to believe that the security vote is going into private pockets as it is being speculated.”
The APC also berated a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, for blaming the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for Falae’s kidnap. It added that the Federal Government could not be held liable for such a crime.
Ondo govt reacts
However, the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, slammed the APC for trivialising Falae’s kidnap.
The commissioner wondered how the APC could blame the governor for a surge in crimes such as rape and kidnapping.
Akinmade wondered if the kidnapping of the wife of the Managing Director of The SUN, Doyin Nwosu, in Lagos last week was also the fault of Mimiko.
He urged the party to be constructive in its criticisms of the state government instead of peddling lies.
He said, “It is unfortunate that the APC can trivialise the kidnap of an elder statesman. Even in Lagos, which is an APC state, there are also kidnappings.”
Akinmade slammed the APC for saying that N1.5bn was deducted by the state government monthly as security vote.
He said, “Everyone knows the state of the economy today and many states are struggling to pay salaries. Does it make sense for us to deduct N1.5bn as security vote?”