“Police demanded N1000 from us to take mummy to hospital” – Late Olakunrin’s aide

Oke Olasehinde, an aide to the late Funke Olakunrin, daughter of elder statesman and Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, who was shot by unknown gunmen on Ore road, has revealed that his boss might have lived if not for the insistence of one of the policemen at the scene that demanded N1,000 as ‘fuel money’ that caused the delay they encountered in taking her to the hospital.

According to The Punch, Oke said, “The people (bandits) were about 20 in number. They shot at our vehicle; as we were about reversing the vehicle, they shot mummy (Olakunrin). When the policemen came, we begged them to assist us in taking her to the hospital. But one of them asked us to bring N1, 000 for them to fuel their vehicle.

“Maybe if we had got to the hospital on time, she would have survived it because she lost a lot of blood. She died when we got to the hospital.”

The deceased’s driver, Mr Tayo Ogundare, said the attackers wore masks as they attacked them.

He said, “We were on our way to Lagos, but some minutes after the Ore Toll Gate, these men just rushed out from the bush and started shooting at us. I can’t say exactly their number, but they were many. They were shooting sporadically.

“So, mummy asked me to reverse but they kept shooting at our vehicle. As I was trying to reverse, mummy was shot but she did not die on the spot, she got to the hospital before she gave up the ghost.”

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