Police operatives have arrested the foru suspected killers of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasorantin.

The suspects, all males, are Lawal Mazaje, 40, from Felele area of Kogi State; Adamu Adamu, 50,  from Jada area of Adamawa State; Mohammed Shehu Usman, 26, from Illela area of Sokoto State and Auwal Abubakar, 25, from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.

LEADERSHIP Friday recalls that on July 13, 2019, following the attack and murder of Mrs Olakunrin by unknown persons between Kajola and Ore along Ondo-Ore road in Ondo State on 12th July, 2019, the inspector-general of police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, deployed the commissioner of police in charge of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Fimihan Adeoye, to coordinate the team of Police Special Forces and seasoned investigators from the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID), Federal SARS, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU) from the Force Headquarters, Abuja to undertake a manhunt for her killers.

In a statement he issued yesterday, Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, explained that after months 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 Abubakar, an accessory after the fact of the crime, along Sagamu-Ore Expressway in Ondo State.

The arrest of Abubaka, he said led to the arrest of two other members of the gang, Usman and Mazaje in Benin, Edo State from whom cache of ammunition was recovered and Adamu in Akure, Ondo State.

Having established sufficient physical and forensic evidence linking the suspects to the killing of Mrs 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, Mazaje and 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 incident. At this point, the suspects capitulated and voluntarily offered a no-hold-barred confession on how Mrs Olakunrin was killed.

Mba further stated that investigations so far revealed that the operation that led to the killing was carried out by eight armed kidnap/robbery suspects led by one Tambaya (other name unknown) who is currently at large and had been declared wanted by the police.

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