A group of suspected herdsmen blocked the Kajola-Ore road Friday afternoon and fire shots sporadically on vehicles trying to escape their actions.
The dare devil fired bullets to the vehicle of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin. The 58 year old daughter of Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, and was shot dead while one of the occupants of her vehicle escaped with bullet wound.
We gathered that Mrs. Olakunrin was heading from Akure to Lagos when gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked her on the Benin-Ore road.
All our calls to her brother Mr. Kehinde Fasoranti the brother to Mrs. Olakunrin, were not answered while our text messages got no response too.
However he has change his whatsap icon to picture of the diseased woman, while he has his status showing his group picture with Olakunrin and their senior sisters.
Effort to reach Doctor Taiwo Fasoranti also proved abotive as he has switched off his mobile phone.
However, Femi Joseph, spokeman for the Ondo State Police Command said the suspects were only suspected to be kidnappers who also engaged in armed robbery.
Mr. Joseph said Mrs. Olakunrin was the only one killed.
He said three vehicles including a luxurious bus belonging to the Young Shall Grow Motors were attacked by the kidnappers.
According to him, travellers inside the bus were heading from Imo State to Lagos.
However, he said the police have rescued three victims, adding that one Gerald Igboroka had yet to be found.
“The information available to us revealed that the suspected kidnappers were 16 and ambushed three vehicles at Kajola in Ore.
“The three vehicles were said to be going to Lagos and they were all attacked by these gunmen. The gunmen shot at one Mrs. Funke Olakunrin and she was confirmed dead immediately,” he added.
Police said they were on the trail of the kidnappers.
Meanwhile, the Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has condemned the killing of Mrs. Olakunrin.
The governor in a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Donald Ojogo, said, “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 .
“However, the governor wishes to appeal to all and sundry to remain calm and allow the Police to unravel the perpetrators of this murder.
“Already, the Commissioner of Police has been directed to comb all forests of Ondo State to bring to book, these bloodthirsty murderers.”
Meanwhile, leaders across the country including the PDP Presidential candidate in the last general election Atiku Abubakar has strongly condemned the killing and the senceless attack on inocent Nigerians.