Starking details of how Funke Olakunrin, daughter Afenifere leader Pa Reuben Fasoranti, was killed by armed bandits suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, came from one of the brothers, Kehinde Fasoranti, on Friday night.
The grief-stricken man, on whose shoulders it fell to bring back the lifeless body of the sister, to Akure the Ondo State, capital, narrated how she was shot dead along the Benin-Ore road while heading to Lagos from Akure on Friday.
The 53-year-old second daughter of the patriach had only left the 93-year-old father, said to still be recovering from the death of one of his daughters, after a visit, was actually on her way to Lagos, when the bandits struck.
Hear him: “I just came back to Akure with my sister’s body tonight from Ore town. She was on her way to Lagos after she left baba (Pa Rebeun Fasoranti) house Friday morning,” he said.
“Her vehicle was ambushed around Ore town. The gunmen started shooting at them at the Ore expressway and the driver had to quickly turn back but unknown to him there are some of them in the bush along the other side of the road.
“They shot at the tyres of the SUV she was travelling in along with other persons. There were five people in the car, a driver, herself, a cook and two of her nephews. Sadly, she was hit by a bullet and was rushed to a hospital but she lost too much blood and she died minutes after.
“By the time the police would respond, about 30 minutes later, the gunmen had gone back into the bush. They ran after hearing the sound of the patrol van. Nobody was kidnapped inside her own vehicle.
“Although, those who were wounded were rushed to a hospital and have been checked by doctors and they are fine.”