Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and presidential candidate, Olu Falae, on Tuesday said his abductors used machetes to beat him and made to trek bare footed day and night without food.
Falae told journalists at his residence in Akure, Ondo State capital, that he had been having a running battle with the cattle rearers whose cattle used to consume his crops.
He said that the six young men were armed with guns and cutlasses and they continuously threatened him with death if the 90 million Naira they ransom demanded was not paid.
The Elder Statesman, however, called on the Federal Government to regulate cattle rearing so that they would not constitute problems for other Nigerians.
Falae, who confirmed that his family paid a ransom to secure his release, maintained that he didn’t bother to find out how much was paid.
He thanked the Federal Government, the police, the Ondo State Government, his relatives and all Nigerians that showed concern during his ordeal.
President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies to take all necessary action to ensure the safe and speedy rescue of the former presidential candidate.
Falae was kidnapped from his farm in Ondo State on Monday, September 21 with his abductors, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, demanding for a cash sum of 90 Million Naira as ransom for the septuagenarian to be released.