Ondo state prosecution team led by the Hon Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Sir Charles Titiloye ksm today (Tuesday) called the last prosecution witness in the case of murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin the daughter of the Elder Stateman, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Mrs Funke Olakunrin was killed along the Ore-Lagos highway in 2019 while in transit to Lagos.
Mohammed Shehu Usman and 3 other men/syndicates were arrested in connection with the killing following intelligence report of their nefarious kidnapping activities in the southwest geopolitical zone. They are currently facing trial before Ondo state High Court.
The prosecution team of the case before Ondo state High Court led by the Attorney General of Ondo State, Sir Charles Titiloye ksm called nine (9) witnesses on behalf of the state and tendered in evidence the confessional statements of some of the suspects to the effect that they were involved in the said kidnapping activity that led to the death of Mrs Funke Olakunrin.
Also 31 rounds of AK47 ammunition recovered from the defendants was also admitted in evidence today. The Attorney General thereafter closed the case of the state after calling the last witness of the prosecution, Mrs Asake Esq, a lawyer with legal aid Council who witnessed the taking of the statements of the four defendants by the Police from the defunct FSARS.
The husband of the deceased, Mr Olakunrin and the Medical Doctor/pathologist who conducted the post mortem examination on the deceased were amongst witnesses who have testified in the case. The driver of deceased, Mr Femi Ajayi in his evidence before the Court identified three (3) of the Defendants as part of the gang that kidnapped him and kept him in the bush for Seven (7) days after intercepting the convoy of Mrs Funke Olakunrin heading towards Lagos from Ore.
Three Police officers in the team led by S. P. Ibrahim Yusuf detailed by the Inspector General of Police to investigate the case also gave detail and clear account of how two of Defendants were arrested at a Checkpoint in Edo state with AK-47 ammunitions.
They were immediately taken to Lagos for further investigation following intelligence report linking them to series of kidnapping and armed robbery in the southwest Nigeria.
They volunteered confessional statements linking them and other Defendants to the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin while trying to kidnap her and others in her convoy of two cars.
The case has been further adjourned by Hon. Justice Olamide of Ondo State High Court (Criminal division sitting in Akure) for the Defendants to open their defence.
Special Assistant to the
Hon. Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.