Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural cluster has delineated as “lackadaisical” the angle of the police over the assassination of Olufunke Olakunri, woman and daughter of its leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti. The group stated that investigation by the police had been quite slow for over two months after the killing of Olakunri by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Ore, Ondo State. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere made it known that the police have not done or started any serious investigations into the murder.
The statement reads:
“It’s now over two months that Mrs Olufunke Olakunri, daughter of Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, was murdered around Ore in Ondo State and we are compelled to speak out over the lackadaisical angle of the police over the ugly assassination. Mr Kehinde Fasoranti, younger brother to the deceased had stated openly a day after the incident that the police in Ore told him that the victim was killed by Fulani herdsmen when he went to collect her body”.
“They have not contradicted him till date. The first sign we got that there would be no attempt for any serious investigation to be launched into the murder was when the car in which Mrs Olunfunke was killed in was released to the family from Ore Police Station just a day after the murder without any forensic investigation into the most important and crucial evidence at the scene of the crime. The automotive has currently been to the family with no report on the examination.
“Indeed, there was no plan to do a detailed forensic autopsy on the dead body until we had no choice but to demand one from the police before the burial. One was dispensed and solely that report was given to the family once they visited to collect the automotive. After this, the police have not made any briefing or announcement to the family on their investigations into this dastardly act. There square measure alternative outre developments that worry USA on police investigations into this murder”.
“Let’s take, for instance, the driver of the car in which Mrs Olakunri was killed, he has not been asked a question by the police till date. Moreso, a few days after the killing of Olunfunke, a staff of the deceased’s husband, Bankole Olatunbosun, was apprehended and arrested by the Police as he was said to be in touch with Mr Olakunri’s driver, Femi Ajayi. A week after when the killing had been done, Femi was brought into the family house in Akure by police officers in the anti-kidnap unit. The story from the crime scene was that Femi got down from the car and followed the gunmen but they already killed Mrs Olakunri”.
“He claimed he was kidnaped however there’s no proof of ransom requested from him or his family. He and Bankole Olatunbosun are now free men. Femi even sauntered into the Fasoranti family house 3 days agone. All the presumed allegations above suggest to us clearly that the police have not done any serious investigations into this murder. And after seeing all the signs of lethargy that usually attend high profile murders with powerful masterminds in our country, we are seriously worried”.