A high court in Akure, Ondo state has sentenced three persons to death for the murder of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of a leader of Afenifere, prominent Yoruba socio-political group, Reuben Fasoranti.

Frank Mba, force public relations officer, had earlier  announced that four suspects were arrested over the killing of Olakunrin, namely Mohammed Usman, Mazaje Lawal, Adamu Adamu and Auwalu Abubakar.

These four were arraigned on an eight count charge bordering on conspiracy, kidnapping, murder, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and aiding and abetting.

The Judge, Williams Olamide in delivering judgement convicted three out of the four suspects, Usman, Lawal and Adamu and the three were sentenced to death.

The judge held that the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

The fourth suspect, Abubakar who had been made to face trial for aiding and abetting the crime, eventually got discharged and acquitted by the court after the trying of his case.

The deceased Olakunrin, aged 58, was heading for Lagos from Akure, Ondo state capital, when her vehicle was targeted in July 2019. In an attempt to escape, the attackers fired at her, and she died while being taken to hospital.


An angry mob of protesters recently burnt up a level 2 student at the Shehu Shagari college of education, Sokoto , Deborah Samuel, due to claims of  blasphemy against the holy prophet Muhammed.

 Following this development, several notable Nigerians have reacted to the incident.

The sultan of Sokoto in a statement released by the Sultanate council condemned the incident in its totality, and further urged residents to stay calm and ensure peaceful co-existence amongst all.     

 Popular Nigerian politician, Adamu Garba said just like no christian will take respect for Jesus lightly, so also no Muslim will tolerate denigrating prophet Mohammed, referring to any such against the prophet Mohammed as a red line that can not be compromised

The Grand Mufti of Conference of Islamic Organizations, (CIO), Sheik Dikrullah Shafi’I , has described the conduct  of the students who killed Deborah Samuel as unlawful, inhuman and that it does not in any way represent the position of Islam, while he established that “Islam places huge value on human soul”

Former Inspector General of Police’s son, and son-in-law to Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, Jamil Abubakar, from his viewpoint, said that blasphemy is frowned on by all religions. He emphasised  that the punishment for blasphemy is death,  adding that people should respect others religion. 

The vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo on his part, described the incident as  “deeply distressing and very unfortunate”. He then referred to the President and the Sultan of Sokoto as having condemned the act respectively, stressing that there is no justification for extrajudicial killings, seeing there are legal channels to address any misdeed.

A personal assistant to the Sokoto Finance Commissioner, Anas Mohammed Sani, claimed that the victim, Ms. Samuel was murdered in cold blood because she was careless with her words. In his statement, “if anyone will repeat it tomorrow, the probability of being served same meal is 99.9%”                                                           

The General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, R.C.C.G, Enoch Adeboye, in his own words, claimed “religion is not the problem of Nigeria”, he further explained that when the Kaduna-Abuja train attack occurred, Christians were not separated from Muslims to be killed, nor did the bullets distinguish one from the other. So he concluded that the killing of the female student had nothing to do with religion, in his own opinion.

The self styled Imam of Peace, an Australian Shia Muslim influencer, popularly known as “Imam of peace” took to his official twitter handle, and contributed that Prophet Mohammed never killed anyone for insulting him or even throwing rocks at him. 

According to the Australian muslim influencer, Mohammed’s neighbor used to pile garbage at his doorstep daily, and one day when there was no garbage, and he found out that she was ill, he went visiting her, and wished her well. He made this comment via his Twitter handle @Imam of peace, with #DEBORAH following his comments.

He went ahead to praise the sultan of Sokoto for what he referred to as his “wisdom and swift condemnation”

The British government joined the calls on the government of Nigeria to bring the perpetrators to justice as President Muhammed Buhari ordered a probe into the incident.

Recall that, according to reports,  two suspects have since been arrested, over the killing of their female colleague, Deborah Samuel, in Sokoto


President Mohammadu Buhari has directed all members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) vying for elective offices to submit their letters of resignation on or before 16th May, 2022.

Lai Mohamed, Nigeria information and culture minister made this known on Wednesday, after the Federal Executive Council meeting.

He however disclosed that the directive excludes the Vice President, because he is an elective member of the cabinet.

Those affected include Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonaya Onu and the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba who joined the presidential race on the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC.

Nigeria’s justice minister and Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, is also contesting for the governorship election ticket of APC in Kebbi State.

Others are the Minister of State Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar, who is running for the governorship position in Abia State, and the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, who declared her ambition to contest for the senatorial seat in Plateau State.

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