Anger in Yorubaland as Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill Afenifere Leader’s Daughter

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……Buhari condoles with Fasoranti, avoids mentioning ‘Herdsmen’

……Odumakin calls it a declaration of war on Yoruba

SWITZERLAND, JULY 13 – There is palpable anger across South-Western Nigeria after the daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, Chairman of Pan-Yoruba organization; Afenifere was murdered in cold blood by suspected Fulani herdsmen

The Afenifere, Friday said that 58-year-old Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere chairman, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, has been killed by suspected kidnappers.

Sources said the deceased was coming from the Lagos end of the Benin/Ore road when her car was attacked by the kidnappers. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state Police command, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident.

He said the suspects were kidnappers who also engaged in armed robbery. The incident, he said, happened between Kajola and Ore, adding that Mrs Olakunrin was the only one killed in the incident.

He said three vehicles, including a luxurious bus belonging to the Young Shall Grow Motors, were attacked by the kidnappers, adding that the passengers in the luxurious bus were travelling from Imo State to Lagos.

However, he said the Police have rescued three of the victims, adding that one Gerald Igboroka was yet to be found by the police. Joseph said: “information available to us is that suspected kidnappers who were 16 in number.”

The murder has sparked reactions across the country and drawn attention to the worsening security situation in the country, largely blamed on Fulani herdsmen.

Yinka Odumakin, spokesperson for Afenifere says the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin is a declaration of war on Yoruba people.

Odumakin said: “When they started with the kidnapping process, they started with Olu Falae, a prominent leader in Akure.

“Whether deliberately or intentionally, this is clearly a declaration of war on the Yoruba. They shall hear from the Yoruba nation.”

He also condemned the incessant attacks of herdsmen in South-western part of Nigeria.

Narrating how the attack happened, Odumakin said: “Yes. Mrs Funke Olakunrin, 58 years old, daughter of leader of Afenifere was coming from Akure this morning (Friday) to Lagos.

“When she got to Ore, shortly as she was to hit the express, Fulani herdsmen emerged from the bush, started shooting at her car, maybe they wanted to kidnap her or not, shot at her car and she died from gunshot while her maid who was with her in the car sustained gunshot injury.”

The Afenifere spokesperson stated that the group would not take the killing lightly and that would only signal an end to the terror reign of the herdsmen in the region.

“The people will hear from us. They started with Olu Falae. They macheted him, kept him in the bush for four days before Ondo State government paid a ransom to get Falae out. With this, this is the beginning of the end of their kidnap in Yorubaland,” Odumakin said.

Opposition figure and renowned government critic, Femi Fani-Kayode(FFK) said he has called Gani Adams who is the Aare Ona Kankafo, a powerful traditional Yoruba chieftain and founder of Yoruba militia group, Oodua Peoples Congress(OPC).

“I call on my brother,Aare Ona Kakanfo Gani Adams,who I just broke the news to and who is presently in Mali, to come home quickly, rise to the occassion and, in consultation with others, organise the defence of the Yoruba people and determine what our next line of action will be,” FFK tweeted, late Friday.

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent his condolences to Pa Fasoranti and the entire Yoruba ethnic group, but has avoided mentioning the word ‘herdsmen’ in his response.

“The deceased was reportedly shot Friday along the Kajola-Ore road, in Ondo State, by those the police described as armed robbers. The President directed security agencies to swing into action, and bring the hoodlums to justice in the shortest possible time,” the Presidency said in a statement released on Saturday

Opposition leader and Presidential candidate of the PDP has also sent his condolences, condemning the killing.

“I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Chief Reuben Fasoranti, the Chairman of Afenifere. This is one death too many.

“I call on the security services to initiate speedy and thorough investigations to bring her killers to book and stem the epidemic of insecurity in our land.

My prayers and deep compassion go to Chief Reuben Fasoranti, his family and the entire membership of Afenifere.

“My family and I stand shoulder to shoulder with you at this trying time, even as we pray for the repose of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin’s soul. Peace must return to Nigeria, by every means possible. Enough of this. Enough of this!” Atiku said

Ondo state governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has also condemned the murder, and called for investigations

“This is one death too many. It is unacceptable and condemnable’” he said.

This sad development once again, heightens the level of fear that has pervaded our Nation even as it represents a despicable commentary in all ramifications. To say the least, it represents an unenviable turning point, the depth of everything that is evil, Akeredolu said in statement released by Donald Ojogo, his Commissioner for Information and Orientation.

“On behalf of the State Executive Council, the Governor symphatizes with our foremost leader and indeed the people of the State over this dastardly act.

“However, the governor wishes to appeal to all and sundry to remain calm and allow the Police to unravel the perpetrators of this murder. Already, the Commissioner of Police has been directed to comb all forests of Ondo State to bring to book, these bloodthirsty murderers. There is no hiding place for such in Ondo State,” the statement concluded.

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