The Nigeria Police Force says it has finally arrested the alleged killers of one of the Afenifere leaders Pa Reuben Fasoranti’s daughter Funke Olakunrin.
Spokesperson for the force, Frank Uba, released a statement revealing that four suspects were arrested in connection to the killing of Funke Olakunrin who was murdered on July 13, 2019.
Uba gave details of the suspected killers while stating that Tambaya said to be the gang leader is at large.
With concerted efforts, they were able to arrest, “Lawal Mazaje (40) from Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu (50yrs) from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Shehu Usman (26) years from Illela area of Sokoto State and Auwal Abubakar (25) from Shinkafi area of Zamfara 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 name unknown) who is currently at large.”
Describing the principal suspect, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) said,” 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 visible scar from stitches on his forehead down to his nose and mouth.”