Reno Omokri, a former presidential aide, has blasted Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, over his description of the circumstances surrounding the death of Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere Chairman, Reuben Fasoranti.
This is just as Kehinde, one of the brothers of the deceased, has narrated how his sister died.
Olakunrin waswas shot dead at Ore, Ondo State, by suspected gunmen on Friday while on her way from Akure, the state capital, to Lagos.
Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere spokesperson, who was the first to publicly announce the incident, claimed that the deceased was murdered by persons suspected to be herdsmen.
But in a statement on Friday conveying the president’s sympathy to the bereaved Afenifere leader, Adesina wrote that “Olakunrin was killed along Ondo-Ore road by those described as armed robbers by Ondo Police Command.”
In a sharp rebuke on Twitter on Saturday, Omokri expressed displeasure over Adesina’s claim on the purported killers of Olakunrin.
The former presidential aide, who served as a Special Assistant on Social Media to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, lamented that Adesina had allegedly disseminated falsehood to please his principal, who hails from the same ethnic stock as the supposed killer herdsmen.
“Those who were there said HERDSMEN killed Pa Fasoranti, the Yoruba leader’s, daughter. But you, sitting in your AC office in Abuja, claim it is armed robbers, because the herdsmen are from the same tribe as your boss. Femi, fear God!”, Omokri tweeted.
“What of if it had been your own sister? Would you have persisted in these lies? This is becoming unbearable. Too many homes have lost at least one life to these herdsmen. Call then what they are. Fear God, not General.”
But in his own narration of his sister’s death, Kehinde Fasoranti did not confirm if his sister was killed by herdsmen or kidnappers.
Speaking to journalists in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the younger Fasoranti said his sister was attacked by gunmen and that her vehicle and the passengers was unfortunate to have been trapped having tried to evade the criminals’ gunfire.
He added that Olakunrin lost too much blood and died minutes after after arriving the hospital, where she was rushed to.
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.”