.Asks: “where are the cows?”
. .Incident must not be used to divide Nigerians –APC National leader
.Senseless Killings taking worrisome dimension -Obi
.FG set to improve nation’s security architecture -Osinbajo
OBIORA IFOH, with agency report
National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Sunday visited the Akure, Ondo State home of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, leader of Afenifere, to console him over the death of his daughter, Mrs. Olufunke Olakunrin, who was killed along0 Benin-Ore expressway last Friday.
The killing was allegedly carried out by Fulani herdsmen who came from the bush to attack her and other vehicles. Her domestic staff in the car with her also sustained gun shots injuries.
Reacting to the incident while commiserating with Pa Fasoranti, Tinubu cautioned against stigmatization of herdsmen.
Tinubu, who arrived the home of the elder statesman at about 10:51am, said the killing of Olufunke was sad and seriously unacceptable.
The former Lagos State governor, however, said the incident must not be used to divide the people of the country.
According to him, the death of Olufunke must rather be used as a cure to the security challenges in the country.
“I am a nationalist. The security concern and challenge right now must be faced squarely throughout Nigeria. The incident that affected one member of our family, Mrs. Olakunrin, is seriously sad and unacceptable. But nobody can return her alive. She has answered the call of her creator.
“We must not use this incident to divide ourselves. But we must use it as a cure to the security problem.
“Additional police, additional patrol, and additional security reinforcement along Ore road and various flash points across the country are necessary.
“I have discussed this among the various authorities. The governor of Ondo State is eminently aware and being proactive about this. The security challenges are numerous across this country. And to fight it, more police are being recruited and it takes time to train and deploy them to various areas.
“But if you look at Zamfara, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and all areas, then we need to fight poverty, unemployment and the causes that might lead people to crying. Equally, we must create opportunity to convert this tragedy to prosperity.
“Funke is very close to me and she died a premature death. Only four or five days ago, we chatted and I know what she discussed with me and about Baba’s health conditions. We just pray that this will not happen again’, he said.
Asked if he was concerned about the suggestion that the attackers were herdsmen, Tinubu cautioned against stigmatization.
He said: “I am extremely concerned about security. I don’t want a stigma. I can go through history of kidnapping in Nigeria. We know how and where it all started. There are a lot of copycats.
“There have been cases of kidnapping. Is Evans, who was arrested and made disclosures, also a herdsman? I don’t want to be political. But I will ask, where are the cows?”
In his reaction, the vice presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi also on Sunday lamented that the senseless bloodletting in the country is clearly getting at a worrisome dimension.
Reacting to the mindless murder of Mrs. Olakunrin, Obi said that Nigerians of all spheres are losing their safety cheaply.
Obi who had already called the old man, the father of the deceased to condole with him, said in a statement from his media office that “the value of life in our country is diminishing every day and it should worry every discerning mind.
The former Anambra State governor, who prayed for the repose of the soul of all who lost their lives in the senseless killings either from herdsmen or armed robbers, challenged relevant authorities to stem these frightening tides.
Obi charged the security agencies to ensure that they track down the Killers of Mrs. Olakunrin and other criminals that have made the nation’s high way impassable and a death trap, wondering how Investors can come to a country whose high way is unsafe with rampant crime and criminalities.
He, however, called on government to rise and take responsibility.
Meanwhile, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday said that the Federal Government was doing everything possible to improve the nation’s security architecture to ensure the protection of lives and property.
Osinbajo said this in Akure when he visited Fasoranti, Afenifere’s leader, to sympathise with him over the death of his daughter, Mrs. Olakunrin.
“We are looking at the whole security architecture and trying 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 we also have to be consistently dynamic to ensure that we are able to beat the challenges as they appear,’’ he said.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the late Olakunrin was shot on Friday by gunmen in Ore, headquarters of Odigbo Local Government Area, Ondo State.
The Vice President, who spoke with journalists in Akure at the residence of Fasoranti, described the incident as tragic while reiterating the importance of community policing system and intelligence gathering in securing the country.
Osinbajo recalled how President Muhammadu Buhari recently met the service chiefs and the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, during which the latter laid out a new policy of the community policing.
“One of the most important things in this sort of crime, because they are largely economic crimes, is that people try to make money by kidnapping.
‘‘Another important thing is intelligence gathering; that is why we have the community policing system where policemen would be trained in their own local governments and they would remain there.
“This is 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.’’
The Vice President explained further that the Inspector-General of Police had already committed to ensure that there was full coverage of the police and even helicopters.
“This is to fasten the search for these killers and also to ensure that there is adequate police presence to deter this kind of terrible situation from re-occurring,’’ he said.
He expressed hope that there would be peace and calm as “some of the steps taken begin to come into fruition’’.
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