The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has finally apprehended the suspected killers of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, the daughter to Chief Reuben Fasoranti, leader of the PAN-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere, who was murdered on July 12, 2019.
Mrs. Funke Olakunrin was shot between Kajola and Ore along Ondo-Ore road in Ondo State prompting the Inspector General of Police to deploy the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) to carry out the massive manhunt for the killers.
In a Press Statement released on Thursday, the NPF said that four persons have been arrested in connection to the murder of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin.
The statement reads in part, “Meanwhile, after months of relentless efforts to apprehend the killers, the Police Team, on 4th March 2020 during a follow-up action on a case of a high-profile armed robbery and kidnap for ransom that occurred in Ogun State, arrested one Auwal Abubakar ‘m’ 25yrs, an accessory after the fact of the crime, along Sagamu-Ore expressway in Ondo State.
“The arrest of Auwal Abubakar led to the arrest of two (2) other members of the gang, Mohammed Shehu Usman and Lawal Mazaje in Benin, Edo State from whom cache of ammunition was recovered and one other Adamu Adamu in Akure, Ondo State.
“Having established sufficient physical and forensic evidence linking the suspects to the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, the investigators, determined to clear all doubts relating to their findings, on 8th April 2020, conducted an Identification Parade at the Federal SARS Headquarters, Lagos which led to the positive and physical identification of three (3) suspects, Adamu Adamu, Lawal Mazaje and Mohammed Shehu Usman by a survivor of the earlier crime.
“The survivor gave a clear description of the roles each of the identified suspects played in the killing. At this point, the suspects capitulated and voluntarily offered a no-holds-barred confession on how Mrs. Funke Olakunrin was killed.
“Investigations so far reveal that the operation that led to the killing was carried out by eight (8) fully armed kidnap/robbery suspects led by one Tambaya (other names unknown) who is currently at large.
“While four (4) of the suspects (mentioned above) are in custody, effort is being intensified to arrest the four (4) others still on the run. The 8-man gang has its operational base and membership spread in the south-western part of the country and Edo State.
“Consequently, the Inspector General of Police hereby declares the principal suspect, Tambaya (other names unknown) wanted for his involvement in the death of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin. Tambaya, a Nigerian, speaks Hausa, Fulfulde and Pidgin English languages.
“He is fair in complexion and in his late 20s – between the age of 27 and 30. His last known address is Isanlu, Kogi State. He has a visible scar from stitches on his forehead down to his nose and mouth.”