- President Buhari condoled with Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti, over the killing of his daughter, and asked security agents to fish out the killers
- Fasoranti's daughter, Funke Olakunrin, was killed on Friday, July 12, by kidnappers/armed robbers, according to the police
- However, Afenifere spokesperson Yinka Odumakin, claimed the perpetrators of the killing were herdsmen
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with Reuben Fasoranti, the chairman of Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, over the killing of his daughter, Funke Olakunrin, which happened on Friday, July 12.
Olakunrin, 58, was reportedly killed on her way from Lagos when her vehicle was attacked by kidnappers in Ore in Ondo state.
Femi Joseph who is the police spokesperson in the state confirmed the tragic incident. He said the kidnappers also engage in armed robbery.
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 Facebook:
"President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, on the death of his daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunrin.
"The deceased was reportedly shot Friday along the Kajola-Ore road, in Ondo State, by those the police described as armed robbers.
"The president prayed that God will comfort Pa Fasoranti, and give him the fortitude to bear the grievous loss.
"He also directed security agencies to swing into action, and bring the hoodlums to justice in the shortest possible time."
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.”
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a series of tweets on Friday, July 12 ,called on security operatives to investigate the killing of the daughter of the Afenifere leader.
Atiku described the killing as one too many and asked security operatives to curb the rampant killings in the country.
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