Afenifere Criticises Police Investigation Into Funke Olakunri’s Murder

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A file photo of late Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti

 

Yoruba sociology-cultural organisation, Afenifere has expressed displeasure over the manner in which the Nigeria Police Force is handling investigations into the murder of Mrs Olufunke Olakunnrin, daughter its leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti.

The group in a communique on Sunday, claimed that the police has been treating the case lackadaisically.

“It’s now over two months that Mrs Olufunke Olakunnrin,the daughter of Afenifere Leader ,Chief Reuben Fasoranti was murdered around Ore in Ondo State and we are compelled to speak out over the lackadaisical attitude of the police over the gruesome assassination,” the group said.

According to the statement signed by its spokesman, Mr Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere claimed that there are various signs which suggest that the police has not made any attempt to launch a serious investigation into the murder.

“The first sign we got that there was no attempt to launch any serious investigation into the murder was when the car in which she was killed was released to the family from Ore police station the day after the murder without any forensic investigation into the most prized evidence at the scene of the crime.

“It was when we engaged the police high command that they came to pick the car six days later.The car has now been returned to the family with no report on the examination report.

“Indeed there was no attempt to carry out any autopsy on the corpse until we also demanded one from the police before the burial. One was carried out and only that report was given to the family when they went to collect the car.

“Beyond this,the police has not made any briefing to the family on their investigations into this dastardly act,” the group stated.

The Afenifere said the situation is a troubling one, adding that the group is seeing in Olakurin’s case,  all the signs of lethargy that usually attend high profile murders with powerful masterminds in the country.

The group urged all well meaning Nigerians and persons all over the world to join them in asking the police to find find Olakunrin’s killers and bring them to justice.

Below is a full statement of the Afenifere’s position as regards the death of Mrs Olufunke Olakunnrin.

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Afenifere expresses displeasure with police over Funke Olakunrin(Née Fasoranti)
It’s now over two months that Mrs Olufunke Olakunnrin,the daughter of Afenifere Leader ,Chief Reuben Fasoranti was murdered around Ore  in Ondo State and we are compelled to speak out over the lackadaisical attitude of the police over the gruesome assassination.
Mr Kehinde Fasoranti,the junior brother of the deceased had stated openly a day after the incident that the police in Ore told him the sister was killed by Fulani herdsmen when he went to collect her body the day she was killed and challenged the police to bring out the statement he wrote at their station .They have not contradicted him till date .
The first sign we got that there was no attempt to launch any serious investigation into  the murder was when the car in which she was killed was released to the family from Ore police station the day after the murder without any forensic investigation into the most prized evidence at the scene of the crime .It was when we engaged the police high command that they came to pick the car six days later .The car has now been returned to the family with no report on the examination report .
Indeed there was no attempt to carry out any autopsy on the corpse until we also demanded one from the police before the burial .One was carried out and only that report was given to the family when they went to collect the car.
Beyond this,the police has not made any  briefing to the family on their investigations into this dastardly act.
There are other bizarre developments that worry us on police investigations into this murder .
For instance ,the driver of the car in which Mrs Olakunrin was killed has not been asked a question by the police till date.
Furthermore ,a few days after the killing ,a staff of the deceased’ husband ,Bankole Olatunbosun was arrested as he was said to be in touch with Mr Olakunrin’s driver,Femi Ajayi who drove the Sienna bus in the deceased convoy. A week after the killing ,Femi was brought into the family house in Akure by police officers in the anti-kidnap unit .
The story from the crime scene was that Femi got down from the Sienna bus and followed the gunmen who killed Mrs Olakunrin .He claimed he was kidnapped but there is no evidence of ransom  requested from him or his family.He and Bankole Olatunbosun are now free men. Femi even sauntered into the Fasoranti family house three days ago.
All the above put together suggest to us clearly that the police have not done any serious investigations into this murder .And it worries us that we are seeing all the signs of lethargy that usually attend high profile murders with powerful masterminds in our country.

Afenifere therefore calls on all  those who respect human lives in Nigeria and across the world to join us in asking the police and by extension the authors of “where are the cows?”:WHERE ARE THE KILLERS OF FUNKE OLAKUNNRIN?

Yinka Odumakin
National Publicity Secretary
Afenifere.

Olakunrin’s Murder: Killing Of Innocent Nigerians Is Terrorism, Says Jonathan

 

 

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the murder of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere’s National Leader, Reuben Fasoranti.

Jonathan, during a condolence visit to Fasoranti at his Ondo State residence on Tuesday, said Olakunrin’s death was painful and an act of terrorism.

He described the killing of innocent Nigerians as an act of terrorism, noted that the rate was becoming worrisome.

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“Every generation of human being faces problems and that generation must find ways of solving that problem,” the former president said.

He added, “Every government faces some unique problems. Insecurity has been with us immediately after the civil war.

“That was the first time we experienced armed robbery in Lagos. From armed robbery, it graduated to kidnapping.”

The former president called for the setting up of a separate government agency that will handle the security challenges facing Nigeria.

He traced the history of criminal activities in Nigeria, saying, “The first major kidnapping was described as commercial kidnapping because some money exchanged hands. This happened in 2006 when I was governor of Bayelsa State.

“From commercial kidnapping, it moved to terrorism in the North and now some kind of terrorist attacks are all over the country when people will just come out of the road and spray bullets on innocent people. That is a terrorist attack.

“You have no reason to attack somebody you don’t even know, that is terrorism.”

According to him, every generation and government usually face various challenges which would need to be tackled with diverse approaches.

He called for collaboration between the Federal and the state governments to address the incessant killings in the country.

No Group Should Be Shielded When It Commits A Crime, Says Odumakin

 

Spokesperson of the Afenifere Renewal Group, Yinka Odumakin, has called on the Federal Government to enforce law and order across the board and prosecute any group found guilty of committing a crime.

He was reacting on Channels TV Sunday Politics, to the recent killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti on Friday in Kajola near Ore, in Ondo State on her way from Akure.

“At this stage in Nigeria, we must enforce law and order across the board, we cannot continue to sheath any group from the law when it commits a crime.

“How long are we going to continue to use our blood to sustain the unity of this country?” he asked.

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Mr Odumakin restated the position of the group that Mrs Olakunrin was murdered deliberately.

“It is unfortunate that we have reached a point where human lives are no longer safe in our country. As to what we said about Mrs Funke Olakunrin, we stand by it that she was murdered and all eyewitness account so far, indicate to us that she was murdered by herdsmen.

“When you inspect the car in which Funke Olakunrin was killed, you will see that most of the bullets came from her side of the car, which suggested some targeting.”

He alleged that the police is not doing enough to arrest those behind the killing of Mrs Olakunrin.

“Up till this moment, the way Police are very courteous in anything that involves herdsmen, it has been so in this case. The car in which she was killed, 48 hours ago, is in the compound of Pa Fasoranti.

“We expected that if the police were interested in any investigation, that car will be with them, they will be doing forensics and all.

“In her car, she had money, phones, jewellery and they were all intact, the only person that was abducted from the scene was the driver of her backup car, which as we speak, is still with the abductors,” he revealed.

PRONACO, Project Nigeria Condemn Olakunrin’s Murder, Call For Urgent National Dialogue

 

Nigerian statesmen and leaders under the aegis of top pan-Nigerian groups, the Pro National Conference Organisations (PRONACO) and the Project Nigeria Movement (PNM), have condemned the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin and called for an urgent national political dialogue.

Mrs Olakunrin, who is the daughter of Pan-Yoruba movement Afenifere leader Reuben Fasoranti, was murdered on Friday by gunmen believed to be herdsmen, an act that has sparked outrage.

Describing the murder as dastardly, wicked and ungodly, both groups said the murder was unacceptable and unbearable, “as it is capable aggravating the already tensed situation in the Southwest and foisting unwanted civil strife on the country”.

“We, therefore, strongly call on President Muhammadu Muhammadu, Chairman of the Governors Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and National Leader of the ruling APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, among others to urgently put a strong machinery in motion for National political engagements to prevent a breakdown of law and order over the cruel and criminal killings in Southwest by armed Fulani robbers and bandits,” they said in a statement signed by their Joint Spokesperson, Olawale Okunniyi.


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Beyond the call to the President and others, PRONACO and PNM notified its allied national leaders, statesmen and heads of nationality and self-determination groups about a possible emergency political convergence next week.

The groups commiserated with the Afenifere leader and prayed for “divine fortitude” for those who have lost loved ones to banditry and kidnapping in the country.

PRONACO is a pan-Nigerian movement initiated under the leadership of the late Chief Anthony Enahoro and the Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka to find solutions to the nation’s challenges, while Project Nigeria Movement is a coalition of civil society groups led by respected Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ben Nwabueze.

Read the full statement below:

PRONACO, Project Nigeria, Eminent National Leaders condemn murder of the daughter of Afenifere Leader, Funke Olakunrin by Suspected Fulani Bandits

Set for Emergency Political Intervention over growing insecurity and Killings in Nigeria

Task Federal Government, APC on urgent National Political Dialogue over political tension in Nigeria

Eminent Leaders of thought and Nationalities in Nigeria under the aegies of Pro National Conference Organisations, PRONACO initiated by Late Chief Anthony Enahoro and Prof Wole Soyinka and Project Nigeria Movement, PNM led by Prof Ben Nwabueze, SAN condemn, in an unequivocal terms, the dastardly and wicked murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere Leader, Pa Reuben Fashonranti yesterday by suspected Fulani armed Kidnappers and Robbers operating on Nigeria’s Highways

We wish to state categorically that yesterday’s criminal murder of the daughter of the Leader of the pan Yoruba movement, Afenifere, is wicked, ungodly and remains unacceptable and unbearable to our Pan Nigerian political platforms, PRONACO and the Project Nigeria Movement as it is capable aggravating the already tensed situation in the Southwest and foisting unwanted civil strife on the country

We, therefore, strongly call on President Muhammadu Muhammadu, Chairman of the Governors Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and National Leader of the ruling APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, among others to urgently put a strong machinery in motion for National political engagements to prevent a breakdown of law and order over the cruel and criminal killings in Southwest by armed Fulani robbers and bandits

The Joint National Secretariat of Project Nigeria Movement and PRONACO however wish to use this unfortunate occasion to put all its allied Eminent National Leaders, Statesmen and Arrow heads of Nationality and Self determination groups on notice about a possible emergency political convergence next week to address the tensed situation created by menacing and marauding armed Fulani bandits in the country, especially the cruel murder of the daughter of Afenifere Leader yesterday

Finally, our sympathies and commiserations, at this sad moment, go to Pa Reuben Fashonrati, Yoruba Leader and his family and to the entire Yoruba people, who have lost thousands of their folks and loved ones to armed Kidnappings and Robbery coordinated by heartless ransom taking and blood thirsty Fulani marauders in the last one year. We, therefore, pray for divine fortitude for all those who have lost their loved ones to this alien armed banditry and kidnapping in Nigeria

Signed
Olawale Okunniyi
Joint Spokesperson
For: PRONACO/PNM

Buhari Calls Fasoranti Over Daughter’s Murder

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A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has called Afenifere leader Reuben Fasoranti over the murder of his daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunri.

He made the call on Saturday, a day after Mrs Olakunri was killed by armed men suspected to be herdsmen on Kajola-Ore road in Ondo State.

Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s special adviser on Media and Publicity, said his principal condoled with the grieving nonagenarian during their conversation.

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According to a statement by the presidential aide, President Buhari wished Fasoranti the comfort of God and fortitude to bear the great loss.

He also gave assurance that security agencies would spare no effort to apprehend the culprits and bring them to justice.

In his response, Adesina said the Afenifere leader thanked the President for identifying with him and his family at their time of travail.

He prayed to God to restore peace and amity to the country.

Afenifere Renewal Group Mourns Fasoranti’s Daughter, Demands Justice

Afenifere Renewal Group Mourns Fasoranti’s Daughter, Demands Justice

 

The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has mourned the daughter of the national leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, killed by armed men suspected to be herdsmen.

Mrs Funke Olakunrin was shot on Friday afternoon while travelling along the Benin-Ore Expressway in south-western Nigeria.

In a statement on Saturday by its chairman, Olawale Oshun, the group condemned the killing of Mrs Olakunrin and commiserated with her family.

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It said, “ARG shares in this colossal loss and condole with the bereaved family, especially Pa Fasoranti and Mrs Olakunrin’s nucleus family.

“This loss is a burden too heavy and a steep price to pay for steadfastly serving this nation and our people.”

The group blamed the death on “savage herdsmen” and warned that whatever the plot they have against Yorubaland, “it will consume the perpetrators and their collaborators”.

It challenged the governors in the south-west and the socio-political leadership to rise up in defence of the people in the region.

ARG said, “It would now seem that the central government and its clinging to central policing has failed woefully in providing Nigerians the needed security.

“Our governors must realise that they shall be held responsible, individually and collectively, should they fail to prioritise and support one another in securing their people. The time to act is now.”

The group described Mrs Olakunrin as the latest victim of what it called the nation’s wobbling and ineffective unitary governance structure.

It, therefore, demanded that the issues of kidnap, rape, and killing that “emanate daily from Yoruba land” be stopped by whatever mean possible.

ARG asked that the ‘Unitary Constitution’ be replaced with a truly Federal Constitution and called on the south-west governors to rise to the challenge.

“They can count on the support of our people in their bid to drive out these senseless criminals from our land,” it said.

The group explained that this would ensure that Mrs Olakunrin and all others killed by suspected herdsmen do not die in vain.

Family Members, Friends Commiserate With Pa Fasoranti Over Daughter’s Murder

 

Sympathisers have thronged the residence of the National Leader of the Afenifere group, Chief Reuben Fasoranti over the death of his daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunrin.

As early as 8:00 am on Saturday, various groups of people were seen at the residence, with many expressing shock over the incident.

Among those present was a nephew of the deceased, Boluwaji Iwajomo who described the incident as a great shock.

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Meanwhile, speaking to Channels Television, some sympathisers who also called on the government to rise up to the challenge of insecurity in the country.

Olakunrin was said to have been shot dead while she was traveling along the Benin-Ore Expressway at about 2:00 pm on Friday.

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Daughter Of Afenifere National Leader Killed By Suspected Herdsmen In Ondo

 

Suspected herdsmen have shot and killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, a daughter of the National Leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

She was killed while she was traveling along the Benin-Ore Expressway at about 2:00 pm on Friday.

The news was confirmed by the PRO of Ondo State Police Command, SP Femi Joseph.

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According to him, seven other commuters who were abducted along the highway have been rescued by the police.

Details later…

Buhari Condoles With Afenifere Leader Over Daughter’s Death

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, on the death of his daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunrin.

The deceased was reportedly shot Friday along the Kajola-Ore road, in Ondo State by suspected herdsmen.

According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President prayed that God comforts Pa Fasoranti, and give him the fortitude to bear the loss.

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He also directed security agencies to swing into action and bring the perpetrators to justice in the shortest possible time.

Miyetti Allah Is Like Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere – Garba Shehu

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has likened the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) with the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Afenifere socio-cultural groups.

While appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, he said the group isn’t linked to banditry activities.

“The Miyetti Allah group is like Ohanaeze Ndigbo or the Afenifere. It’s just a cultural group,” he said.

The presidential spokesman admitted that the Federal Government is engaging the leadership of the association.

The meeting follows reported attacks by herdsmen that have led to the loss of several lives and properties.

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When asked if the Federal Government offered a large sum of money to MACBAN to appease them, he simply denied it, saying: That is an absolute falsehood. In all of those meetings, nothing like money was discussed.”

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity

According to the presidential spokesman, the meeting was for the leadership of the group to prevail on its erring members.

He explained that the existence of some miscreants in a group does not entirely mean the entire members of the association are criminals.

“There are criminals with the Yoruba race and you cannot say because there are Yoruba criminals, then Afenifere is a band of criminals,” he stated.

2019: Afenifere Leaders Meet Obasanjo Behind Closed-Doors

Afenifere leaders in former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s home in Abeokuta, Ogun State on October 9, 2018.

 

Some leaders of the Yoruba Socio-Political Group Afenifere recently met with Former President Olusegun Obasanjo behind closed doors.

The meeting lasted for about two hours.

The spokesperson for the group, Yinka Odumakin, after the meeting told journalists that Afenifere will support any presidential candidate who demonstrates the readiness to restructure the country.

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“The 2019 election is going to be interesting. The most important thing for us is restructuring and clearly, you should know that Afenifere will always support a candidate that is ready to restructure the country.

“Without restructuring, we are going nowhere,” he said.

Odumakin stated further the meeting was to reciprocate Obasanjo’s visit to a leader of the group, Adebanjo, a few months ago in Lagos.

“A few months ago, former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo came to Lagos to visit Baba Ayo Adebanjo. Today, we are here to pay him a return visit and to appreciate him for the visit to Lagos the other time.

“We are trying to further the friendship so that there will be harmony in Yorubaland.  This will allow our people to know that leaders across divides are coming together to discuss the way forward,” he said.

The delegation, led by Chief Ayo Adebanjo, comprised Senator Femi Okunrounmu, Professor Banji Akintoye, Dupe Adelaja, Dr Tokunbo Awolowo Dosunmu, Oladipo Olaitan, Amos Akingba and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

2019: The Most Important Thing For Us Is Restructuring – Afenifere

Spokesperson for the Afenifere group, Yinka Odumakin.

 

Members of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, say the most important thing they are looking forward to in the coming general elections, is restructuring.

Speaking on Tuesday in Abeokuta after a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the group said it will always support a candidate that is ready to restructure the country because it believes that without restructuring the nation cannot experience development.

The group also stated that soon it will formally announce its preferred presidential candidate.

“The 2019 election is going to be interesting. The most important thing for us is restructuring and clearly you should know that Afenifere will always support a candidate that is ready to restructure the country because without restructuring we are going nowhere,” the spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin said.

Others in attendance were: Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Mrs Dosunmu Awolowo, Professor Banji Akintoye and Chief Supo Shonibare.