- Police have arrested the killers of Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Chief Reuben Fasoranti
- Olakunrin was killed by unknown gunmen on July 12, 2019
- The police also declared the leader of the killer-gang, Tambaya, wanted
Nine months after she was gruesomely murdered by unknown gunmen, police operatives have finally arrested the killers of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the leader of the Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasorantin.
Legit.ng reports that the arrest of Olakunrin's killers was announced by the Force public relations officer, Frank Mba, in a statement issued on Thursday, April 16, in Abuja.
Olakunrin was attacked and killed by gunmen on July 12, 2019, between Kajola and Ore along Ondo-Ore road in Ondo state.
Following the incident, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, deployed the commissioner of police in charge of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Fimihan Adeoye, to find her killers.
After months of search, the police finally arrested the culprits through another operation, which saw to the arrest of one Auwal Abubakar.
The arrest of Abubakar led to the arrest of two other members of the gang, Mohammed Shehu Usman and Lawal Mazaje in Benin, Edo state.
The police had on April 8, 2020, conducted an identification parade at the Federal SARS Headquarters, Lagos, which led to the positive and physical identification of three of the suspects, Adamu Adamu, Lawal Mazaje and Mohammed Shehu Usman.
Investigations revealed that the operation that led to the killing of Olakunrin was carried out by eight fully armed kidnap/robbery suspects led by one Tambaya currently at large.
The police also said that while four of the suspects are in custody, the effort is being intensified to arrest the four others still on the run.
Speaking on the arrest, Mba said: “The Inspector-General of Police hereby declares the principal suspect, Tambaya (other names unknown), wanted for his involvement in the death of Mrs Funke Olakunrin.
“Tambaya, a Nigerian, speaks Hausa, Fulfulde and Pidgin English languages. He is fair in complexion and in his late 20s – between the age of 27 and 30. His last known address is Isanlu, Kogi state. He has a visible scar from stitches on his forehead down to his nose and mouth.
“Meanwhile, the IGP appreciates Nigerians for the patience and support to the police throughout the period of the investigations into the unfortunate incident.
“The suspects will be diligently prosecuted on completion of investigations and the Force will not relent until every member of the gang, still at large, is arrested and brought to book.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Afenifere claimed that the police was trying to cover the murder of Nigeria's foremost traditional medical practitioner, Fatai Yusuf, popularly known as Oko Oloyun.
It was reported that Yusuf was shot dead on Thursday, January 23, by gunmen yet to be identified on the Eruwa-Igboora road in the Ibarapa Central area of Oyo state.
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