Mrs Funke Olakunrin
The High Court of Ondo State, Akure Division has sentenced three persons to death for killing Funke Olakurin, the daughter of the leader of Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
The convicts Muhammed Shehu, Mazaje Lawal, and Adamu Adamu, who were also accused of killing a hunter in the forest were found guilty of all the counts brought against them.
The trial judge, Justice Williams Rotimi Olamide in his verdict sentenced them to death by hanging or firing squad on counts bordering on conspiracy to kill, murder, kidnapping, and armed robbery.
The court, however, discharged and acquitted the fourth defendant, Auwalu Abubakar, 25 for conspiracy.
Recall that on July 12, 2019, the 58-year-old Olakurin was headed to Akure, Ondo State, from Lagos when she was attacked and shot by the armed herdsmen on the Benin-Sagamu expressway.
After months of tracking and investigation, the killers were arrested on April 6, 2020, by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.
Justice Olamide who commiserated with the victim’s family urged the government to urgently do something about the growing insecurity situation in the country which he said had led to many paying the supreme price.