Killing: Jonathan, Ekweremadu console Pa Fasoranti, call for State Police

Pa Fasoranti and his late daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunrin
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo commiserating with Pa Fasoranti

Former president Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and former deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, have commiserated with the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, and the entire Fasoranti family on the killing of their daughter, Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, in the hands of gunmen on Benin-Ore road at the weekend.

Ekweremadu described it as “one death too many and comes as yet another sad reminder of the grave security situation in the country and the urgency of decentralised policing, including state and other lower rungs of police services, to better secure the lives and property of Nigerians.”

In his message, Jonathan described the killing as shocking, and called on the authorities to bring the culprits to book.

He stated: “My heart goes out to Chief Reuben Fasoranti and his entire family over the untimely death of his daughter, Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, at the hands of suspected gunmen.

“No one deserves to hear such news, not the least being Pa Fasoranti, a man that has given so much to Nigeria and asked so little. I am encouraged by the message from the Governor of Ondo State and his assurances that those behind this heinous and callous crime will be brought to book.

“Baba, may God comfort you and your family and grant you the fortitude to bear the loss, even as we pray that the Almighty returns peace to Nigeria. My family and I offer you our deepest solidarity now and always. We also extend our arm in love to Afenifere. You are not alone.”

Ekweremadu described the killing of Mrs Olakunrin as a sad reality of the security challenges facing the country today and the urgent need to recalibrate policing system.

In a statement by his senior media aide, Uche Anichukwu, the Senator started: “My heart goes out to Pa Fasoranti and his entire family, the Olakunrin family as well as their friends over this huge loss.

He prayed God to grant the departed a peaceful repose and support Pa Fasoranti and the entire family with the equanimity to bear the grievous loss.


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