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7 Fulani Herdsmen Jailed for Life over Olu Falae’s Kidnap



Some of the kidnappers. Photo Credit: Premium Times

An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure on Monday sentenced seven herdsmen to life imprisonment for kidnapping Olu Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and presidential candidate.

The herdsmen had on September 21, 2015, invaded Falae’s farm, attacked his workers and kidnapped him to an unknown destination.

The seven convicted persons are: Abubakar Auta, Bello Jannu, Umaru Ibarahim, Masahudu Muhammed, Idris Lawal, Abdulkadir Umar and Babawuro Kato.

The court presided over by Justice Williams Olamide held that the suspects were guilty of the kidnap charge brought against them by the Ondo State Government.

Olamide said the recovered ransom, call logs, and identification of the suspects by Falae indicted them of complicity in the crime and subsequently sentenced them to life imprisonment without an option of fine.

He, however, acquitted them of conspiracy and armed robbery, two of the five-count charge.

The counsel to the convicts, Abdulrahman Yusuf, speaking with newsmen after the ruling, expressed regret over the judgment and hinted of an appeal.

“By the time we get the judgment, we will study it and know the next step to take,” he said.

Also speaking with newsmen, Adesola Adeyemi-Tuki, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Ondo State Ministry of Justice, described the judgment as justice well-served.

“The prosecution has been able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offence. One of the points is that the victim was able to identify three of them when he was kidnapped. We also proved their guilt through forensic analysis, phone records and tracking of mobile phones of defendants. Part of the ransom money was also found in the vehicle of the suspects, which is part of the evidence that corroborated their confessional statements,” she said.

She, however, said the accused had the right of appeal.

Photo Credit: Premium Times


  1. Anony

    April 10, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    They deserve to hang

    • Trouble Comes About When the Weak Rule the strong

      April 11, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Just kill them and burry the bones in the dessert some where!

  2. kkay

    April 10, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    At last! Evil thrives when good men do nothing.
    Nobody is above the law, fulani herdsmen or not.
    Their atrocities in many communities should be curbed by the law!

  3. cheryl

    April 11, 2017 at 8:17 am

    yaas, way to go, justice is served, but why does a small part of me thinks these guys will be smuggled outta jail since dey are fulanis, and we knw d position of fulanis in this country, i hope it is jst a tot and not come to reality

  4. rain

    April 11, 2017 at 10:05 am

    they deserve life jail or hanging………..good deterrent for aspiring kidnappers

  5. Baymax

    April 11, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    What about those behind the murder of innocent people in Benue state? Who has tracked them down so justice can be served? Is it that they are not important as they are not of the elite class?

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