Saturday, 13 July 2019

How Afenifere leader Fasoranti’s daughter was killed by suspected herdsmen – Police

Funke Olakurin, daughter of a leader of Afenifere, Reuben Fasoranti, was shot dead in Ondo state on Friday.

Afenifere’s spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, had on Friday evening said that “Mrs Funke Olakunrin, based on accounts of all eyewitnesses, was killed by Fulani herdsmen who emerged from the bush, shot her and killed her in the process.”




Odumakin said  the 58-year-old woman was travelling from Akure to Ore when her vehicle was attacked alongside others.

“We have confirmed the death of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin (58), daughter of our leader, Chief Fasoranti,” Odumakin was quoted by Punch to have said.

“Witness accounts say she died of gunshots from herdsmen who shot her at Ore junction in Ondo state earlier today.

“She was coming from Akure when the armed herdsmen came from the bush to attack her and other vehicles.

“Her domestic staff in the car with her also sustained gunshots. This is one death too many and a clear we-can-take-it-no-more death.”

The police in Ondo State have confirmed the death and given details of how Mrs Olakunrin was shot and killed.

Police spokesman, Femi Joseph, said the incident occurred between Kajola and Ore along Ondo-Ore road on Friday.
The police spokesman, however, said he was not aware the deceased was related to the Afenifere Chairman.



“It happened at a spot between Kajola and Ore, where some hoodlums numbering about 15, attacked two vehicles, 1 Toyota Land Cruiser and 1 Camry,” Joseph told Premium Times on Friday night.

“The the Land Cruiser was carrying five passengers, including the deceased, which we later identified as one Funke Olakunrin.

“They shot the woman, we rushed her to the hospital, but we lost her.

“Other four occupants that were abducted, we have rescued them.

“Inside the Camry too, we had three occupants, they were also abducted, but we have rescued them. We have rescued a total of seven persons taken during the attack.

“There is still one person left that we are still looking for, and we are working frantically to ensure that the hoodlums are brought to justice and ensure any other hostage were rescued,” he said.

The police spokesman said he would not confirm if the attackers were Fulani herdsmen, noting that until an arrest was made, it would be difficult to identify the persons and where they came from.

“No, you can’t shave the head of a man in his absence,” Joseph said. “You have to wait for us to arrest them. Somebody you have not arrested, it is difficult for you to establish his ethnicity.”

He said crime does not have colour, ethnicity or religion, adding that “crime is a crime and a criminal is a criminal.”

Afenifere is at the forefront of the campaign against the building of cattle settlement for herdsmen earlier promoted by the federal government.

The development comes at a time when there are concerns over the high rate of robbery and kidnap across the country.


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