Funke Olakunrin: What Osinbajo Told Afenifere Leader During Visit


Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday morning paid a condolence visit to the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, over the murder of his daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunrin along Benin-Sagamu on last Friday by suspected herdsmen.

The Vice President, who arrived at 9:10am, was accompanied by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Special Adviser to the president on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, described the killing of the 58-year-old daughter of the Afenifere Leader as a massive tragedy.

Speaking to journalists at the Akure residence of Pa Fasoranti, Prof. Osinbajo reiterated the importance of community policing system to combat crimes in the country and also explained the importance of intelligence gathering for effective policiing.

“As you know, I’m here to commiserate with the families of Olakunrin and Pa Rebeun Fasoranti.

“The President has very recently met not only the service chiefs but also the IGP and he has laid out a new policy of the community policing.

“One of the most important things is this sort of crimes, because they are largely economic crimes, people are trying to make money by kidnapping.

“Another important thing is the intelligence gathering that is why we have the community policing system where policemen would be trained in their own local government and they would remain there,” he said.

According to Osinbajo, the government would also be engaging the military to mount the flash points on the roads in order to boast its community policing system.

He explained further that the Inspector General Police (IGP) is committed to ensuring that there is full coverage of the police, and even helicopters.

“As close as we get to the community policing structure that we expect to have while we are engaging the Army so that there will be a bit of more military presence especially along the roads.

“This is to fasten the search for these killers and also to ensure that there is adequate presence to deter this kind of terrible situation from reoccurring.

“We are looking at the whole security architecture and trying to ensure that we are able to scale up and ensure that we are able to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.

“Security in a big country like Nigeria as you can imagine the challenge is dynamic and the we also have to be consistently dynamic in ensuring that we are able to beat the challenges as they appear.

“I think that we can be very hopeful that we would see peace and calm as some of the steps we are taking come fruition.

“You know also we meet with the Governors in South West and in the different zones and everybody is coming to ensure that security is adequate and everybody feels safe and secure,” Osinbajo said.

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.


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