Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin Arrested – Police

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

 

The Nigeria Police Force says it has apprehended the killers of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Chief Ruben Fasoranti.

This is according to a statement by Force Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba.

Below is a full statement from the Force.

KILLERS OF MRS FUNKE OLAKUNRIN, DAUGHTER OF CHIEF REUBEN FASORANTI, NABBED.
– IGP assures diligent prosecution of culprits
– declares gang leader, Tambaya, wanted

Police Operatives have arrested the killers of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the leader of the PAN-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasorantin.

The suspects are:
i. Lawal Mazaje ‘m’ 40yrs from Felele area of Kogi State
ii. Adamu Adamu ‘m’ 50yrs from Jada area of Adamawa State.
iii. Mohammed Shehu Usman ‘m’ 26 years from Illela area of Sokoto State
iv. Auwal Abubakar ‘m’ 25yrs from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State

Recall that on 13th July, 2019, following the attack and murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin by unknown persons between Kajola and Ore along Ondo-Ore road in Ondo State on 12th July, 2019, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni deployed the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), CP Fimihan Adeoye, to coordinate the team of Police Special Forces and seasoned investigators from the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID), Federal SARS, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU) from the Force Headquarters, Abuja to carry out massive manhunt for the killers with the aim of arresting and bringing them to justice.

Meanwhile, after months of relentless efforts to apprehend the killers, the Police Team, on 4th March, 2020 during a follow-up action on a case of a high-profile armed robbery and kidnap for ransom that occurred in Ogun State, arrested one Auwal Abubakar ‘m’ 25yrs, an accessory after the fact of the crime, along Sagamu-Ore expressway in Ondo State. The arrest of Auwal Abubakar led to the arrest of two (2) other members of the gang, Mohammed Shehu Usman and Lawal Mazaje in Benin, Edo State from whom cache of ammunition was recovered and one other Adamu Adamu in Akure, Ondo State.

Having established sufficient physical and forensic evidence linking the suspects to the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the investigators, determined to clear all doubts relating to their findings, on 8th April, 2020, conducted an Identification Parade at the Federal SARS Headquarters, Lagos which led to the positive and physical identification of three (3) suspects, Adamu Adamu, Lawal Mazaje and Mohammed Shehu Usman by a survivor of the earlier crime. The survivor gave a clear description of the roles each of the identified suspects played in the killing. At this point, the suspects capitulated and voluntarily offered a no-holds-barred confession on how Mrs Funke Olakunrin was killed.

Investigations so far reveal that the operation that led to the killing was carried out by eight (8) fully armed kidnap/robbery suspects led by one Tambaya (other name unknown) who is currently at large. While four (4) of the suspects (mentioned above) are in custody, effort is being intensified to arrest the four (4) others still on the run. The 8-man gang has their operational base and membership spread in the south-western part of the country and Edo State. Investigations have also revealed that they are responsible for series of high-profile armed robbery and kidnap operations in the region. They also attack, vandalize and steal components of critical national infrastructures such as electrical and telecommunications installations.

Consequently, the Inspector General of Police hereby declares the principal suspect, Tambaya (other names unknown) wanted for his involvement in the death of Mrs Funke Olakunrin. Tambaya, a Nigerian, speaks Hausa, Fulfulde and Pidgin English languages. He is fair in complexion and in his late 20s – between the age of 27 and 30. His last known address is Isanlu, Kogi State. He has visible scar from stitches on his forehead down to his nose and mouth.

Meanwhile, the IGP appreciates Nigerians for the patience and support to the Police throughout the period of the investigations into the unfortunate incident. He assures that the suspects will be diligently prosecuted on completion of investigations and that the Force will not relent until every member of the gang, still at large, is arrested and brought to book.

DCP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA

Olakunrin’s Murder: It Is Sad, Unacceptable Tinubu Reacts

 

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has described the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin as sad and unacceptable.

He said this when he led a delegation on a condolence visit to the Akure residence of Pa Reuben Fasoranti on the death of his daughter.

Tinubu who spoke to journalists after the visit advised that the incident should unite the Yoruba race and not be allowed to divide the people.

“The incident that affected one member of our family, Mrs Olakunrin is seriously sad and unacceptable, but nobody can return her life, she has answered the call, be it Christian or Muslim, we all accepted that it is certain we are going to die one day, we don’t know which date.

“But we must not use this incident to divide ourselves, we must use it as a cure to the security problem.”

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He stressed the need to strengthen security in the country and also address poverty and unemployment.

“I’m a nationalist, the security concern and the challenge right now must be faced squarely throughout Nigeria.”

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.

Gbajabiamila Commiserates With Fasoranti Over Daughter’s Killing

 

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has described the news of the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, as shocking and unfortunate.

Mrs. Olakunrin was killed on Friday in Kajola near Ore, in Ondo State on her way from Akure.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker said the untimely death of Mrs. Olakunrin was a huge blow to the family.

“It is my prayers that God will give the family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

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“This sad event is a huge dent on the efforts of the Federal Government aimed at securing the lives and property of Nigerians.

“It is my belief that this would not dampen the spirit of the Federal Government to rid the country of all forms of crime.

“On security, being a cardinal focus of the 9th House of Representatives, we are determined to provide all the legislative support to the Federal Government to rid our country of all forms of crimes and criminalities.

“I also urge our security agencies not to be deterred but to put in preventive measures as they try to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to book,” the Speaker said.