Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu on Friday night urged security agencies in the country to ensure that the killers of the daughter Afenifere leader, Mrs Funke Olakunrin are arrested and prosecuted as soon as possible.
Earlier on Friday, gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin along the Ore-Shagamu Expressway at Kajola Village in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state during an armed robbery.
The deceased was on her way to Ondo town for a ceremony when her vehicle ran into an ambushed mounted by the hoodlums, according to an eyewitness account.
He said, “The hoodlums started shooting as they stopped some vehicles on the highway to rob and kidnap the travellers. During the process, the woman was hit by a bullet while those who escaped sustained injuries.”
Ondo state Police spokesman, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident, saying it was a robbery.
According to him, three vehicles belonging to “Young Shall Grow Motors Limited, a Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep with Registration Number LAGOS AAA 147 FM and a Toyota Camry “ were involved in the incident.
Joseph said, “Three vehicles were ambushed by gunmen at Kajola on the Benin-Ore Expressway around 2 pm.
“One woman named Funmi Olakunrin was shot but died before our men could take her to the hospital. The woman (deceased) was travelling in a Toyota Jeep.
“One man in another Toyota Camry Car was abducted by the gunmen. Our men have rescued seven men travelling in the commercial bus belonging to Young Shall Grow Motors Limited.
“We have begun search for the man that was abducted and to get the hoodlums.”
Governor Akeredolu in a statement by the commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo described the killing as unacceptable.
Akeredolu said, “this is one death too many. It is unacceptable and condemnable.”
”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.”
“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,” he added.
The governor appealed to all and sundry to remain calm and allow the Police to unravel the killers of Mrs Olakunri.