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Controversy as Police deny arrest of suspected killers of Fasoranti’s daughter

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The Ondo State Police Command has denied the arrest of suspected killers of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

National Secretary of the Pan-Yoruba Socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, In a statement on Monday said the killers of late Olakunrin have been arrested.

Odunakin said the alleged killers were said to have been arrested by the men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Ondo State Police Command.

Odumakin, who said the suspects were arrested in Ondo State, also disclosed that the driver of the deceased had also been arrested.

According to him, the suspects were four and three of them were from the northern part of the country.

He said, “We commend the dedicated officers who made the arrest just as we wait for a thorough investigation to follow.

“We have resolved to encourage the police to do their job properly.“We appreciate all Nigerians who have encouraged our 94-year-old leader in this troubling season. It is our prayer that criminals will not go unpunished again in our country.”

When contacted by POLITICS NIGERIA correspondent on Tuesday, Mr Odumakin stated that the aged leader has not had a sound sleep until the arrest was made a few days ago.

He also alleged that the state police command, since 2019, has not investigated the case nor carry out any forensics on the car of the deceased.

Odumakin noted that the driver, who was suspected to be complicit in the attack, was briefly arrested and released until the re-arrest by the SARS operatives.

Recall that Olakunrin was allegedly killed by bandits on Ore-Sagamu Expressway in July last year.

Denial

However, the Ondo state Police Public Relations Officer, Tee-Leo Ikoro, denied that any arrest was made in relation to the killing recently.

Mr Ikoro, who spoke with POLITICS NIGERIA in a telephone interview, said Mr Odumakin’s claims are false.

The spokesperson explained that the SARS unit does not work independently without carrying the command along.

“I’ve gotten across to the leader of the squad and no arrest was made. Disregard what Odumakin is saying,” he stated.

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