Daughter of Afenifere chairman, Fasoranti killed by Suspected Herdsmen

Written by on July 12, 2019

Funke Olakunrin Nee Fasoranti

The daughter of 93 year old Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the national leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio- Political group, Afenifere, Mrs Funke Olakunrin was Friday shot dead by suspected  herdsmen along Benin/Ore expressway.

She 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 suspected herdsmen have been said to be terrorising motorists along the Benin/ Ore highway in recent times.

Report indicates that the assailants wanted to kidnap her alongside other occupants of the vehicle. The suspected herdsmen abducted one of the occupants of the vehicle.

The deceased, however, was unlucky as she was shot dead by the suspects.

The deceased was reported to have been 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 command, Mr Femi Joseph said the command could not confirm whether it was the Fulani herdsmen or armed robbery that attacked the vehicles along the road in which the deceased was traveling.

According to Mr 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. The police image maker said seven of the kidnapped victims were, however rescued by the police. Joseph said ” one Gerald Ibuoyikha was kidnapped by the suspected herdsmen.

The seven people who were injured and rescued, he said ,were with the Police.

In a statement issued last night by the Afenifere they 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 today.


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