Goodluck Jonathan reacts to death of Fasoranti’s daughter “at the hands of suspected herdsmen”


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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the family of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the leader of Afenifere, over Friday’s loss of his daughter “at the hands of suspected herdsmen”.

Mrs Funke Olakunrin, 58, was killed along the Ore-Shagamu Expressway at Kajola Village in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State early Friday.

In a statement he personally signed, Jonathan urged security agencies to bring the perpetrators of the crime to book.

The message, which he shared on his verified social media pages, read, “My heart goes out to Chief Reuben Fasoranti and his entire family over the untimely death of his daughter, Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, at the hands of suspected herdsmen.

“No one deserves to hear such news, not the least being Pa Fasoranti, a man that has given so much to Nigeria and asked so little. I am encouraged by the message from the Governor of Ondo state and his assurances that those behind this heinous and callous crime will be brought to book.

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“Baba, may God comfort you and your family and grant you the fortitude to bear the loss, even as we pray that the Almighty returns peace to Nigeria. My family and I offer you our deepest solidarity now and always. We also extend our arm in love to Afenifere. You are not alone.”

While the Ondo State Police Command blames the incident on armed robbers, Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin quoted eyewitnesses as saying that herdsmen were responsible for the killing.

The Herald could not independently verify Odumakin’s claim.

President Muhammadu Buhari has also commiserated with the family of 94-year-old Fasoranti on the incident.

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