Funke Olakunrin, Daughter of former NADECO Leader and Prominent members of
Afenifere, a pan African Yoruba group, Pa Reuben Fasoranti who was murdered
along Ore Ondo Road has been arrested alongside three others, the police have said
This disclosure was made in a statement made
available to urban express News Online through Force Public Relation Officer
Dcp Frank Mba.
suspects are Lawal mazaje (40), a resident of felele area in Kogi state, Adamu
Adamu (50) from Jada area in Adamawa, Mohammed Shehu Usman (26) hails from
ilala area in Sokoto, while Awal Abubakar (25) comes from shinkafi in Zamfara state.
that on 13th July 2019, following the attack and murder of Mrs Funke
Olakunrin by an unknown person between kajola and ore along ondo-ore road in ondo
state on 12th July, 2019, the inspector general of police in charge,
IGP, M.A Adamu deploy the commissioner of police in charge of federal special
Anti Robbery Squad CP fimihan Adeoye to coordinate the team of police special
forces and seasoned investigators from the force criminal investigations
department (FCID) federal SARS,
intelligent response team (IRT) and the
technical intelligence unit (TIU) from
the force headquarters, Abuja to carry out a massive manhunt for the killers with
the aim of arresting and bringing them
said after a month of relentless efforts to apprehend the killers the police
team, on 4th March 2020, during a follow-up action on a case of a
high profile armed robbery and kidnap for ransom that occurred in Ogun state ,
arrested one Auwal Abubakar (25) an accessory
after the fact of the crime, along Sagamu ore express-way in ondo states.
The arrest of Abubakar Auwal led to the arrest
of two 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.
FPPRO said 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 suspects,
Adamu Adamu, Lawal Mazaje and Mohammed Shehu Usman by a survivor of the earlier
said the survivor gave a clear description of the roles each of the identified
suspects played in the killings that were how the suspects capitulated and
voluntary offered a no-holds-barred confession on how the deceased was killed.
said investigation so far reveal that the operation that led to the killings
was carried out by eight fully armed kidnap suspects led by one Tambaya who is
currently at large, while other listed suspects are in custody, efforts are
being intensified to arrest the four others still on the run.
said the eight-man gang has their operational base and membership spread in the south-western part of the country and edo state, adding that investigation has
also revealed that they are responsible for a series of high profile armed
robbery and kidnap operations in the region.
also, attack and vandalize and steal components of critical national
infrastructure such as electrical and telecommunication installations”.
the inspector general of police hereby declares the principal suspects Tambaya,
others wanted for their involvement in the death of Funke Olakunrin, Tambaya, a Nigerian,
speaks Hausa, Fulfulde, and pidgin English, he is fair in complexion and in his
late 20s within the range of 27, and 30”.
last known address is isanlu, Kogi state, he has a visible scar from stitches’ on
his forehead down to his nose and mouth.
The inspector general of police appreciates Nigerians for their patience and
support to the police throughout the period of investigations into the an unfortunate incident, as he assures that the suspects will be diligently prosecuted on completion
of investigation and that the force will not relent until every member of the
gang still at large is arrested and brought to book.