Court Sentences Falae’s Kidnappers To Life Imprisonment

Court Sentences Falae's Kidnappers To Life ImprisonmentAn Ondo State High Court has sentenced the seven persons accused of kidnapping a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Olu Falae, to life imprisonment.

Mr Falae was kidnapped on September 21, 2015, at his farm in Ilado, a rural agrarian settlement near Akure, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

He was later released by his captors after spending four days with them.

Speaking to reporters, the prosecution counsel, Mrs Adesola Adeyemi-Tuki, said that the prosecution was able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offence.

“Part of the ransom were found inside his (the first defendant) vehicle at Minna where he was tracked to. Also, some of them made confessional statements and there were other evidences that corroborated their statements,” Adeyemi-Tuki said.

The lead counsel to the accused, Abdulrahman Yusuf, however noted that his team would study the judgement to know the next step to take.

“We were able to knock out armed robbery and conspiracy, so they were left with kidnapping and the judgement for kidnapping is life imprisonment. They were convicted for kidnapping and thereby sentenced to life imprisonment, each of them,” he said.

Mimiko Commissions Public Service Training Institute In Ondo

Olusegun Mimiko Commissions Public Service Training Institute In OndoOndo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has commissioned the Public Service Training Institute which would serve as a breeding ground for public servants in the state and beyond.

The institute is located in Ilaramokin in Ifedore Local Government Area in the central senatorial district of the southwest Nigerian state.

It was envisioned in 2011 as part of the Governor Mimiko-led administration’s commitment towards ensuring efficient and effective service in the state’s public sector.

In his address at the event, the Governor said that he admitted that the feats recorded by his administration in key sectors such as health, education and urban renewal would not have been possible but for the dedication of the public service.

He expressed hope that the institute would be able to deliver generalised and customised training for the public service in the state as well as interested organisation or individual.

The guest speaker at the occasion, who is an Afenifere Chieftain, Mr Sehinde Arogbofa, commended Governor Mimiko for the establishment of the institute.

He expressed hope that humanity would benefit from the gesture, stressing the importance of education and productivity in any venture.

The commissioning was witnessed by dignitaries such as a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Olu Falae; a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore and a former Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Dere Awosika, among others.

The edifice has a number of facilities which include: an administrative block, a 300 capacity conference hall, a 100 capacity boardroom and a standard restaurant.

Others include five standard lecture theatres, 10 syndicate rooms and library facilities among others.