- Influential Yoruba group, Afenifere, has cautioned against the deliberate sabotage of Amotekun
- The group also alleged that the federal government is complicit in the murder of Olufunke Olakunrin
- Afenifere lamented over the rising cases of insecurity across the country while calling on the government to address the issue
The pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has accused the federal government of complicity in the murder of Pa Reuben Fasoranti’s daughter, Olufunke Olakunrin.
Pa Fasoranti is the leader of the influential southwest group made up of senior and well-respected Yoruba elders.
In a statement issued at the end of its meeting in Akure, the Ondo state capital on Tuesday, January 28, the group expressed dismay that the Nigeria police stopped an investigation into the death of Olakunrin, who was killed last year July by unknown gunmen along Ore/Lagos expressway.
“We are left with no option at this stage than to conclude that she was a victim of political assassination necessitating state cover-up. We challenge the police to do their job on this matter in spite of our disappointment with them.
“We also invoke her spirit to remain restless until the killers and masterminds of her death are exposed and brought before the temple of justice,” the group said.
While speaking with journalists, the spokesman of the group, Yinka Odumakin, said the group is in support of the newly established southwest security outfit, Amotekun.
“Amotekun has now come to stay and there must be no let or hindrance in the pursuit of a federal Nigeria so we can revert to the multi-level policing status of Nigeria of the past,” Odumankin said.
Odumakin, who argued further that the Nigerian Railway Corporation used to have its own police, lauded the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, for supporting federalism, especially the multi-level policing.
The group lauded the south-west governors for standing firm on Yoruba consensus on Amotekun without blinking.
Afenifere also lamented the rising insecurity in the country, while calling on the federal government to address the issue.
Odumakin had earlier said those who are afraid of Operation Amotekun are criminals while appearing as a guest on a Channels Television programme.
According to him, the launch of the security outfit is for the protection of the ordinary people within the southwest.
Speaking on Amotekun and the murder of Olakunrin, Tajudeen Adefisoye, a member of the House of Representatives said: “The killing of Olakunrin perhaps made the news because of the eminent status of her father. Scores of other sons and daughters of Yoruba extraction had before then been kidnapped, raped, maimed and even killed right on their ancestral lands by strangers. This is definitely unacceptable.
“As a matter of fact, no responsible government will fold its arms and watch calamities of insecurity befall the hapless and defenceless citizens. After all, the fundamental responsibility of any government is to protect the lives and properties of the citizens.
“We all expect that the operational presence of Amotekun will not only complement the efforts of the police and other law enforcement agencies, but the security network is also expected to rid the forests and highways in the southwest of heinous activities of criminal elements.”
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