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Suspected Herdsmen Kill Daughter Of Afenifere Leader, Fasoranti In Ondo



Late Mrs. Funke Olakunrin

….Killers Must Be Brought To Book—Akeredolu

By Niyi Olutunde, Akure

The Yoruba Socio-Cultural Organisation, Afenifere, on Friday said it has received information that Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere National Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, has been killed by persons suspected to be fulani herdsmen.

The spokesman for Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said this in a text message sent to newsmen on Friday evening.

According to Odumakin, the 58-year-old woman was heading to Akure, Ondo State from Lagos when she was attacked and shot by the herdsmen near Ore on Benin-Sagamu expressway.

He said, “We have confirmed the death of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin (58), daughter of our leader, Chief Fasoranti.”

“Eyewitness accounts say she died of gunshots from Fulani herdsmen who shot her at Ore junction in Ondo State earlier today.”

“She was coming from Akure when the armed Fulani 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.”

Funke is the second female child of 94-year-old Fasoranti to die.

Meanwhile, the Ondo state governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has condemned in strong terms, the murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, describing it as, unacceptable and condemnable saying “this is one death too many.

This was contained in a statement signed by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo made available to journalists.

According to Akeredolu, “this sad development once again, heightens the level of fear that has pervaded our Nation even as it represents a despicable commentary in all ramifications. To say the least, it represents an unenviable turning point, the depth of everything that is evil.

“On behalf of the State Executive Council, the Governor sympathizes with our foremost leader and indeed the people of the state over this dastardly act”.

Akeredolu however appeal to all and sundry to remain calm and allow the police to unravel the perpetrators of this murder.

“Already, the Commissioner of Police has been directed to comb all forests of Ondo State to bring to book, these bloodthirsty murderers. There is no hiding place for such in Ondo State”.

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