How Fulani herdsmen killed Pa Fasoranti’s daughter – Driver
Herdsmen not responsible for Olakunrin’s death –Miyetti Allah
- IG deploys special forces to hunt down Olakunrin’s killers
- Herdsmen not responsible for Olakunrin’s death –Miyetti Allah
- Killers of Fasoranti’s daughter have their base in the forest, villagers
Killers of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, 58-year-old daughter of the leader of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, were herdsmen who sneaked out of Ondo government forest reserve to rain bullets on the vehicle she was travelling in, ElombahNews has learnt.
ElombahNews has reported that Olakunrin was killed on Friday as the gunmen ambushed vehicles on the highway and abducted some commuters. Her maid reportedly sustained some gunshot injuries during the attack.
Killers of Fasoranti’s daughter have their base in the forest, villagers told the PUNCH Newspaper.
A former senator who represented Ondo South Senatorial District at the Senate, Boluwaji Kunlere, said hoodlums had been operating around where Olakunrin was killed for a long time.
He said this in an interview with a PUNCH correspondents in Lagos on Saturday.
The expressway (Benin-Ore-Sagamu Expressway) is where the major problem is. The spot (Kajola) where they killed Baba Fasoranti’s daughter falls between Odigbo and Okitipupa Local Government territory.
Police demanded N1000 from us to take Olakunrin to hospital –aide
Oke Olasehinde, an aide to the late Olakunrin, said his boss might have lived if not for the delay they encountered in taking her to the hospital.
Oke said, “The people (bandits) were about 20 in number. They shot at our vehicle; as we were about reversing the vehicle, they shot mummy (Olakunrin). When the policemen came, we begged them to assist us in taking her to the hospital. But one of them asked us to bring N1, 000 for them to fuel their vehicle.
“Maybe if we had got to the hospital on time, she would have survived it because she lost a lot of blood. She died when we got to the hospital.”
The deceased’s driver, Mr Tayo Ogundare, said the attackers wore masks as they attacked them.
He said, “We were on our way to Lagos, but some minutes after the Ore Toll Gate, these men just rushed out from the bush and started shooting at us. I can’t say exactly their number, but they were many. They were shooting sporadically.
“So, mummy asked me to reverse but they kept shooting at our vehicle. As I was trying to reverse, mummy was shot but she did not die on the spot, she got to the hospital before she gave up the ghost.”
Herdsmen not responsible for Olakunrin’s death –Miyetti Allah
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has commiserated with Fasoranti.
In a statement by its National Secretary, Baba Uthman Ngelzarma, the group also lambasted the media for attributing the killing to herdsmen.
MACBAN also called on the police to ensure that the killers were brought to book.
The statement read in part, “As we express sincere heartfelt condolence to the family of the deceased, we are left in a deep shock on how a section of the media in collaboration with elements in the country that are held bane (sic) on using every opportunity available to them to fuel crisis as they continue the negative profiling of Fulani for their total annihilation by jumping into a mischievous conclusion that she was killed by herdsmen.
“We strongly condemn this very unprofessional, unpatriotic and callous news reportage patterns that have been conscripted against our people by the section of the media.
“We are calling on security agencies to swing into action, and unravel the perpetrators to bring them to justice in the shortest possible time.”
But the people living close to the area said Fulani herdsmen had taken over that area and there was a time a bishop was abducted and the police rescued him in that area. Herdsmen are all over the forest. We see them between Omotosho and Igbotako. They graze their cows on the road and strike and they run back to the bush.
“They have been operating there for long but the attack on Baba Fasoranti’s daughter was given a wide publicity because of the man’s influence. The downtrodden have been suffering there for long. There was a time that they exchanged gunfire with the police between Omotosho and Ore in the afternoon and they ran away when they discovered that the police would overpower them.
“When they attacked Chief Olu Falae’s farm then, the police said it was bush burning because of the fear of Abuja. They want to attribute this killing to armed robbers but the locals are saying the killers are herdsmen.”
Some residents of Kajola town in the Odigbo council area who spoke with SUNDAY PUNCH insisted that some Fulani herdsmen terrorising the area were residing in the forest in the area.
One of the residents identified only as Mr Ola said the herdsmen behaved as if they were above the law, adding that it was not the first time they would perpetrate the act in the area.
He said, “They destroy our farms at will. Their cows always eat up many of our farm produce. We have reported several times to the police but no action was taken. We heard gunshots yesterday (Friday) and it is a common thing in the area. We call on the government to provide adequate security to protect our lives and property.’’
Also, a farmer in Kajola village who gave his name only as Mr Aliu, also said bandits had invaded forests surrounding the village.
He said there had been many criminal activities going on in the forest and nobody stopped them.
Aliu said, “The herdsmen that struck on the expressway yesterday (Friday) stay in the forest around the area. That is not their first time and that is how they operate. We have reported to security agents but nothing has been done about it. We are helpless. Government should come to our aid.”
Another resident who spoke on condition of anonymity also reiterated that the reserve in the Odigbo council area had been inhabited for long by herdsmen.
He said though the reserve belonged to the government, community members now use the place for farming.
The resident, who is a prominent member of the National Association of Odigbo Local Government Students, said herdsmen rampage started in the area at the same time it became rampant in the country.
He said, “Villagers are aware of the activities of herdsmen in the area. There was a time herdsmen cut the wrist of a farmer who confronted them when they took their cows for grazing on his farm.
“The DPO of Ore Police Station intervened in the matter and spoke with members of the community. The vigilantes have had to confront them many times. The vigilantes later constructed a shed in the community and take turns to ensure security in the area. This is a development that is known to people in the community.’’
IG deploys special forces to hunt down Olakunrin’s killers
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has deployed special forces to hunt down the killers of Olakunrin.
He disclosed that Ondo State Police Command, backed by Special Forces and seasoned investigators from the Force Criminal Investigation Department, the Intelligence Response Team and the Technical Intelligence Unit, deployed from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, had already commenced a massive manhunt for the hoodlums.
The IG, who announced this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, revealed that he had also ordered the total overhaul of security architecture on the highways in the southern part of the country as part of measures to prevent a future occurrence of such incident.
The IG spoke just as some youths staged a peaceful protest on the premises of Fasoranti’s Akure home on Saturday over the killing.
The IG gave the assurance that the Olakunrin’s killers “will certainly be found and made to face the full wrath of the law.”
The statement read in part, “In this vein, the Commissioners of Police in the affected states were ordered by the IG to embrace adequate security arrangement in their areas of jurisdiction.”
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