The Nigerian Correctional Services has reportedly refused to re-admit the three suspects arrested earlier over the murder of Mrs Olufunke Olakunrin, daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in a tweet via his Twitter account, stated that one of the coronavirus cases confirmed in the state involved one of the recently arraigned suspects in the murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, Pa Fasoranti’s Daughter.
However, the suspects who are now ready to be returned to the correctional facility, have reportedly been rejected by officials of the correctional centre in Owo over fears of contacting coronavirus.
Speaking on the development, Akeredolu during his weekly COVID-19 briefing on Monday said he has appealed to the Nigeria Correctional Services authorities to immediately admit the suspects into custody as directed by the law court.
He said “Perhaps it is also important at this point to give an update on the case of the four individuals who are suspects in the murder case of Mrs Funke Olakunri, the daughter of elder statesman, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
”The four suspects upon the insistence by the Nigerian Correctional Service were presented for testing.
“After which, one out of the four of them immediately tested positive while three were held in quarantine pending the result of their tests.
”However, three of them have tested negative to the two approved tests.
“The implication is that they were fit to be readmitted into the correctional facility in furtherance of their trial.
“I have been briefed by the Hon Attorney General of the difficulty in having the authorities of the Nigerian Correctional Services take them into custody despite a court order to that effect.
“The implications of leaving murder suspects who are not under medical treatment at large can be better imagined.
“I hereby call on the authorities of the Nigeria Correctional Services to immediately receive the suspects into custody as directed by the law court.”