Sat. Jul 13th, 2019

Buhari condoles with Fasoranti over murder of daughter by suspected herdsmen

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his condolences to Reuben Fasoranti, the chairman of Afenifere; a Yoruba socio-cultural group, over the killing of his daughter, Funke Olakunrin.

The unfortunate incident happened on Friday, July 12.

Olakunrin, 58, was reportedly killed on her way from Lagos; her vehicle was attacked by kidnappers in Ore in Ondo state.

The spokesman of the police in the state, Femi Joseph, also confirmed the incident.

He said the kidnappers also engaged in an armed robbery.

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The police said three vehicles were attacked by the kidnappers; and that one of the passengers, Gerald Igboroka was yet to be found by the police.

Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, posted President Buhari’s condolence message on Twitter: “President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, whose daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunrin was killed along Ondo-Ore road by those described as armed robbers by Ondo Police Command. He prays God to give Pa Fasoranti fortitude to bear the loss.”

However, spokesperson for Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin had earlier, in a statement, blamed the killing on herdsmen.

He said: “We have confirmed the death of Mrs Funke Olakunrin (58), daughter of our leader, Chief Fasoranti.

“Eyewitness accounts say she died of gunshots from Fulani herdsmen who shot her at Ore junction in Ondo state earlier 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 also sustained gunshots.

“This is one death too many and a clear we-can-take-it-no-more death.”

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