Palpable tension rose Friday evening as news went round of the alleged killing of a daughter of the leader of pan-Yoruba socio-political Group Afenifere Pa Rueben Fasoranti.
Fasoranti is leader of a faction of the group.
Mrs. Funke Olakunrin was said to be on her way to Akure before her attackers struck at the Ore Junction shooting at her car.
The Ondo Police state command in a telephone conversation with the NPOReports Correspondent confirmed the death but was not ready to confirm the relationship between the deceased and the Afenifere leader.
The development is expected to further worsen fears over Security in the southern part of Nigeria.
The Afenifere leader has been one of those very vociferous over the activities of herdsmen in the Southern part of the country.
Police Public Relations Officer Ondo State Mr. Femi Joseph said she was shot at a spot along Kajola/Ore road.
He confirmed that some passengers were also abducted during the attack.
Seven out of the abducted eight persons have been rescued while the police is on trail of the hoodlums to secure the release of the only remaining hostage.
“As it is now, I can’t confirm the relationship of the deceased with Baba. I don’t know if she was related to the elderstateman or not but all I can confirm to you is that we lost someone to some hoodlums at a spot between Kajola and Ore.
“She was shot and we lost her while rushing her to the hospital.
“And in the process of the attack, the hoodlums also abducted some passengers and as I speak to you now, we have rescued seven out of the eight persons abducted while the remaining one is still being held hostage.
“We are on the trail to rescue the hostage and also arrest the hoodlums. That is much I can give now.” He told the NPOReports.
Meanwhile, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has condemned in strong terms, the murder of Funke Olakunrin.
According to the governor, this sad development once again, heightens the level of fear that has pervaded the country.
The Governor’s condemnation of the dastardly act was contained in a statement issued by the state commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo
Akeredolu symphatized with the foremost Yoruba leader and indeed the people of the State over this dastardly act .
The governor appealed to the people to remain calm and allow the Police to unravel the perpetrators of this murder.