Suspected Killers Of Afenifere Leader’s Daughter’s Arraigned

Suspected killers of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, were arraigned on Friday in a Magistrates Court sitting in  Akure, the Ondo State capital, in connection with the crime.

The suspected killers were docked by the Police before the Chief Magistrate Victoria Bob-Manuel were Lawal Mazaje, Adamu Adamu, Mohammed Shehu Usman and Auwal Abubakar, who were alleged to be members of the eight-man gang that allegedly shot and killed the 58 -year-old Mrs. Olakunrin.

The charges were read to the defendants by the prosuction and interpreted to them in Hausa language, saying: “that Mohammed Shehu Is an,  Mazaje Lawal, Adamu Adamu, and Awalu Abubakar and others now at large on or before the 12th day of July, 2019 at about 0900hrs at Tollgate along Ore/ljebu Ode Expressway, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire together to commit felony to wit: Murder and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 516 Of Criminal Code, Cap 37; Vol. I, Laws of Ondo State 2006.

“That Mohammed Shehu Is an,  Mazaje Lawal, Adamu Adamu, and Awalu Abubakar and others now at large on or before the 12th day of July, 2019 at about 0900hrs st Tollgate along Ore/Ijebu Ode Expressway, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court did murder one Olufunke Olakunrin (Nee Fasoranti) ‘f’ aged 58-year contrary to and punishable under Section 316 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

“That Mohammed Shehu Is an,  Mazaje Lawal, Adamu Adamu, and Awalu Abubakar and others now at large on or before the 12‘“ day of July, 2019 at about 0900hrs at Tollgate along Ore/ljebu Ode Expressway, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did murder one Ogunbiyi Matthew ‘m’ aged 65-year contrary to and punishable under Section 316 of the Criminal code, Cap36, Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

“That you Mohammed Shehu,  Mazaje Lawal, Adamu Adamu, and Awalu Abubakar and others now at large on or before the 12th day of July, 2019 at Honorable Court did kidnap one Gerald Igboayaka and thereby committed and of fence contrary to and punishable under Section 3(ii) (b) of the Ondo State Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Abduction Law, 2010.”

During the sitting, the accused person had no legal representation but pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Consequently, the trial Judge submitted that since the suspects had no legal representation, they should be remanded in facility of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Owo, in Owo Local Governments Area of the state pending legal advice from the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Commenting on the matter, Mr. Adekola Olawoye, the state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, who led the prosecution, assured the people that the government would ensure justice prevails at the end of the case.

He said: “It is our duty at the ministry of justice to see that we keep due diligence to the prosecution of the case.”

The attorney to the Olakunri’s family, Barrister Sola Ebiseni stated the family had resolved to join hands with the government with a view to ensuring that the deceased get justice.

The court, however, adjourned the case for further hearing on June 3, 2020.

There and then, officials of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) were later invited to administer Convid-19 test on the five accused persons before they were taken away to the Correctional Service facility in Owo.