The Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have urge security agencies to swing into action, and track down the killers of Olubunmi Afuye, the Journalist who was Killed by gunmen that attacked a new generation bank at Ilara-mokin, in Ifedore Local Government Area of the state.
The parties also condole with wife families, friends of Afuye as well as the police officer and the Motorcyclist that were Killed during the incident.
APC in a statement by Alex Kalejaye, the Publicity Secretary of the party in Ondo State said, “the killing of a seasoned journalist, Mr. Olubunmi Afuye, on Thursday by gunmen was shocking, and smacked of callousness. Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), laments the demented, and heartbreaking operation”.
The party noted that “Bunmi’s clear and penetrating voice was always captivating and attention catching. He was arguably one of the best around. He was amiable, but courageous, even till the untimely end.
“Without contention, the APC-led government places unequalled premium on security of lives and property. This singular event will further ginger the government to entrench its security tentacles even deeper.”
The party urges security agencies to swing into action, and track down the mindless killers of Olubunmi and others that were terminated at the scene, so they could face the wrath of the law.
“Ondo APC commiserates the Nigeria Union of Journalists, particularly the State Council, the immediate families of the deceased, and prays God to grant the departed eternal rest.”
Meanwhile, the PDP in a separate release signed by state Publicity Secretary, Kennedy Ikantu Peretei, said the news of the gruesome murder of Olubunmi Afuye by armed robbers in Ilara-mokin, Ifedore Local Government Area, came as a very rude shock, stressing that the media world has lost a rare gem, a promising star, extinguished at his prime.
It said, “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ondo State chapter, commiserates with his wife, children, members of his extended family, and indeed the Ondo State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).It is such an irreparable loss.
“Our party wishes to urge the security agencies, especially the Commissioner of Police, Ondo State Command, to fish out the criminals who committed this dastardly act and bring them to book without delay.
“Olubunmi Afuye was a young man that warmed himself to the hearts of many, majority of whom may not even know him in person. He was a darling of the Orange FM before he joined Elizade University, Ilara-mokin as Public Relations Officer”.
In the same vein, the Ondo State Chapter of Nigerian lnstitute of Public Relations has expressed it’s deep shock and sadness on the sudden death of an ace broadcaster, Mr Olubunmi Afuye.
In a statement signed by the state Chairman, Lamidi lshola, it noted that “the Chapter is more saddened, as death has robbed the institute of the brilliant ideals of this thorough bred professional who was on the verge of being inducted as a member of NIPR before his sudden demise in the hands armed robbers”.
It said, “While condemning the killing of this brilliant, vibrant and eloquent journalist in strong terms, the Institute calls on the security agents to speedily bring the perpetrator of this heinous crime to justice.
“Ondo NIPR sympathises with the wife and children of the deceased, Ondo NUJ, OSRC Media Group and Elizade University, llaramokin.”