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The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in this year’s election, Atiku Abubakar has condemned the killing of the daughter of Afenifere leader, chief Reuben Fasoranti by suspected fulani herdsmen in Ondo state.

Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere chairman, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, was killed on Friday by persons suspected to be herdsmen.

The spokesman for Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, had said this in a terse message sent to The PUNCH on Friday.

According to Odumakin, the 58-year-old woman was heading to Ore Junction from Akure, Ondo State, when she was attacked and shot by the 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.” Odumakin said.

Reacting, Atiku said “I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Chief Reuben Fasoranti, the Chairman of Afenifere.

This is one death too many.

I call on the security services to initiate speedy and thorough investigations to bring her killers to book and stem the epidemic of insecurity in our land.

My prayers and deep compassion go to Chief Reuben Fasoranti, his family and the entire membership of Afenifere.

My family and I stand shoulder to shoulder with you at this trying time, even as we pray for the repose of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin’s soul.

Peace must return to Nigeria, by every means possible. Enough of this. Enough of this! -AA ” Atiku posted on his official twitter account.


Similarly,the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has condemned in strong terms, the murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, describing it as unacceptable and condemnable.

Accordimg to the governor, this sad development once again, heightens the level of fear that has pervaded our Nation even as it represents a despicable commentary in all ramifications.

Akeredolu said “ To say the least, it represents an unenviable turning point, the depth of everything that is evil.

On behalf of the State Executive Council, the Governor symphatizes with our foremost leader and indeed the people of the State over this dastardly act .”

However, the governor wishes to appeal to all and sundry to remain calm and allow the Police to unravel the perpetrators of this murder.

He added that the Commissioner of Police has been directed to comb all forests of Ondo State to bring to book, these bloodthirsty murderers.


In the same vein, the former Aviation minister, Femi Fani Kayode said “I have just spoken to my brother Yinka Odumakin and he has confirmed to me that the daughter of our very own Baba Fasoranti, the leader of Afenifere, was slaughtered by Fulani herdsmen in Ore today. 😭

This is the final straw. The Yoruba MUST act NOW. We must defend our people!

I call on my brother,Aare Ona Kakanfo Gani Adams,who I just broke the news to and who is presently in Mali, to come home quickly, rise to the occassion and, in consultation with others, organise the defence of the Yoruba people and determine what our next line of action will be.”

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