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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Suspected Killers of Funke Olakunrin (Nee Fasoranti) Arrested


By Kehinde Olatunji

The Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, yesterday said that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) had arrested the suspected killers of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

Olakunrin, 58-year-old, was allegedly killed at Ore junction, Ondo State, by suspected herdsmen last year.

Afenifere, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, said that the arrested suspected killers were four out of which three were from the northern part of the country. He added that the suspects had been helpful, as they have been giving useful confessions to the police as to why they murdered Olakunrin.

“After nine months that she was brutally murdered, the SARS in Ondo State has arrested four suspects in the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of our leader, Chief R. F. Fasoranti.

“Three out of the four suspects arrested so far are from the northern part of the country. They are said to have made useful confessions to the police.

“We commend the dedicated officers who made the arrest just as we wait for a thorough investigation to follow. We have resolved to encourage the police to do their job properly.

“We appreciate all Nigerians who have encouraged our 94-year-old leader in this troubling season. It is our prayer that criminals will not go unpunished again in our country.”

The death of Mrs Olakunrin happened at a spot between Kajola and Ore, where some hoodlums numbering about 15, attacked two vehicles, 1 Toyota Land Cruiser and 1 Camry,”

“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,”

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