The reported murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin was Friday by bandits, has renewed agitation against killer herdsmen in Nigeria. The 58-year old daughter of 93 year old Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the national leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio- Political group, Afenifere, was Friday shot dead by suspected herdsmen on Benin/Ore expressway. The tragedy has set Nigerians
The reported murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin was Friday by bandits, has renewed agitation against killer herdsmen in Nigeria.
The 58-year old daughter of 93 year old Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the national leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio- Political group, Afenifere, was Friday shot dead by suspected herdsmen on Benin/Ore expressway.
The tragedy has set Nigerians particularly 93 year old Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the national leader of the group, in mourning mood.
The deceased was said to be traveling along Benin/Ore expressway when she along with others ran into the barricade mounted by the suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The menace of herdsmen who terrorise motorists on the Benin/ Ore highway in recent times, had been of great concern to Nigerians.
Reports have it that the assailants wanted to kidnap her alongside other occupants of the vehicle.
One of the occupants in the vehicle was said to have been abducted by the hoodlums shot dead by Mrs Funke Olakunrin.
The deceased was coming from Lagos and was on her way to Ondo town to commensurate with her mother’s family members (the Awosikas) when she met her untimely death.
Police authorities in the State confirmed the killing of the daughter of the Yoruba leader.
Spokesperson for the Nigeria police, Ondo State Command, Femi Joseph said the Command, could not state whether it was the Fulani herdsmen or armed robbery that attacked the vehicles on the road in which the deceased was traveling.
According to Joseph “three vehicles were attacked at Kajola along Benin/Ore in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
“There was a shootout between the suspected gunmen and the police who tried to rescue the victims along the road notorious for accident and kidnapping.
“The three vehicles attacked by the assailants included a Land Cruiser jeep with Registration number AAA 147 KM, one Toyota Camry car and one Young Shall Grow bus. Joseph said that “the person in the Land Cruiser jeep was killed while eight persons were abducted in the vehicles.
He said seven of the kidnapped victims were, however rescued by the police.
Joseph revealed that “one Gerald Ibuoyikha was kidnapped by the suspected herdsmen.
The seven people who were injured and rescued, he said were with the Police.
Also speaking, the spokesman of Afenifere, Mr Yinka Odumakin said, “the action of the Fulani herdsmen showed they have declared war on Yoruba land.
Odumakin alleged that “The herdsmen have shot their AK 47 into the tinny rope that tied Yoruba and Nigeria together.
“We will not accept this”.
Also a statement issued last night by the Afenifere said “We have confirmed the death of Mrs Funke Olakunrin(58),daughter of our Leader, Chief Fasoranti.
The statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin tagged” Afenifere initial response said the “Eyewitness accounts say she died of gunshot from Fulani herdsmen who shot her at Ore junction in Ondo State earlier (yesterday) 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 sustained gunshots too.
She said “This is one death too many and a clear we- can- take- it -no-more death The spokesperson said that a comprehensive statement would be issued soon”.
A visit to the residence of Pa Fasoranti showed that he was yet to be informed of the death of his daughter.
Nigerians have started paying tributes to the family on the departed Nigerian whose corpse had been deposited at the State specialist hospital in Akure late last night.