By Kunle Adedoyin
The Police authorities in Ondo State have said that Funke Olakunrin, the second daughter of Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti was shot and killed in a kidnap attempt .
Femi Joseph, the State Police Command’s Spokesman, Femi Joseph, said the incident occurred between Kajola and Ore along Ondo-Ore road on Friday.
Afenifere’s spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, had told a section of the media on Friday evening that “Mrs Funke Olakunrin, based on accounts of all eyewitnesses, was killed by Fulani herdsmen who emerged from the bush, shot her and killed her in the process.”
Joseph, who confirmed the attack and the death of Mrs Olakunrin, however, said the Police was yet to identified the identity of the attackers.
“It happened at a spot between Kajola and Ore, where some hoodlums numbering about 15, attacked two vehicles, 1 Toyota Land Cruiser and 1 Camry,” Joseph said.
“The Land Cruiser was carrying five passengers, including the deceased, which we later identified as one Funke Olakunrin.
“They shot the woman, we rushed her to the hospital, but we lost her.
“Other four occupants that were abducted, we have rescued them.
“Inside the Camry too, we had three occupants, they were also abducted, but we have rescued them. We have rescued a total of seven persons taken during the attack.
“There is still one person left that we are still looking for, and we are working frantically to ensure that the hoodlums are brought to justice and ensure any other hostage were rescued,” he said.
The Police Spokesman said he would not confirm if the attackers were Fulani herdsmen, noting that until an arrest was made, it would be difficult to identify the persons and where they came from.
“No, you can’t shave the head of a man in his absence,” Joseph said.
“You have to wait for us to arrest them. Somebody you have not arrested, it is difficult for you to establish his ethnicity.”
He said crime does not have colour, ethnicity or religion, adding that “crime is a crime and a criminal is a criminal.”
Joseph said “one Gerald Ibuoyikha was kidnapped by the suspected herdsmen. The seven people who were injured and rescued, he said ,were with the Police.