A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and key leader of pan- Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Chief Olu Falae, was shot at by policemen escorting a bullion van.
The policemen fired at the vehicle in which Falae was travelling from Akure, the Ondo State capital, to Ile-Ife in Osun State. The incident took place at Ile Oluji, along the Akure-Ilesha Expressway. Falae was on his way to Ile-Ife to join other members of Afenifere, who were on a courtesy visit to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, when the incident happened.
Falae told newsmen as he arrived the Ooni’s palace: “When was I kidnapped, that they want to kill me now? I was coming from Akure approaching Ilesa and I saw some vehicles ahead of me. There was a bullion van in front. The vehicles ahead of us were overtaking the bullion van so we too followed. I nearly passed them when I heard a shot and subsequent bang on my car. We stopped and we saw that they actually fired at the car. They didn’t stop. We stopped at Erin-Ijesa and complained to the police at the checkpoint that we were fired at by some policemen escorting a bullion van at Ile-Oluji junction. I don’t know why I was kidnapped recently, why I was arrested in 1997 and locked up for two years and now shot at".