‘Herdsmen’ murder daughter of Afenifere chairman, Fasoranti

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Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have killed Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere chairman, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the Yoruba apex socio-cultural group has said.

Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin confirmed the development on Friday evening.

Fasoranti is 94 years old.

Odumakin said that the gunmen waylaid Olakunrin, 58, and shot her to death at Ore Junction, where she was headed from Akure, Ondo State.

According to him, Olakunrin’s domestic staff that were with her in her vehicle sustained injuries.

“We have confirmed the death of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin (58), daughter of our leader, Chief Fasoranti,” The Punch quoted Odumakin as saying in a text message sent to the paper.

“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.”

The Ondo State Police Command confirmed the development, but said that the assailants were armed robbers that were also into kidnapping.

The Nation quoted the command’s spokesman, Femi Joseph as saying that Olakunrin was the only one killed in the incident, while others were injured and three vehicles were attacked by the assailants.

He added that the command was on the trail of the assailants.

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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