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Fulani herdsmen kills daughter of Afenifere chairman in Ondo, Atiku, others react

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Funke Olakurin, daughter of Reuben Fasoranti, a leader of Afenifere, Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, was shot dead in Ore, Ondo state, on Friday.

PUNCH quoted Yinka Odumakin, spokesman of Afenifere, as saying the group received information that suspected herdsmen were responsible for the killing.

According to Odumakin, the 58-year-old woman was heading to Ore junction from Akure, Ondo state, when she was attacked.

“We have confirmed the death of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin (58), daughter of our leader, Chief Fasoranti,” he was quoted to have said.

“Witness accounts say she died of gunshots from herdsmen who shot her at Ore junction in Ondo state earlier today.

“She was coming from Akure when the armed 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.”

The development comes at a time when there are concerns over the high rate of robbery and kidnap across the country.

Femi Fani-Kayode, Nigeria’s former minister of aviation has condemned the act, and called for self-defense.

Atiku Abubakar condemns the killing of Daughter of Afenifere Chairman by Herdsmen

“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!.”

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