Anthony Olufunsho Williams was an influential Lagos politician and former Commissioner under Colonel Olagunsoye Oyinlola‘s Military Administration in Lagos.
Murdered in his Lagos home on the 27th of July, 2006, it’s fourteen years today since his demise and Nigerians are calling on the government to investigate his death as many have shared the controversies that led to his killing.
It is interesting to note that the influential politician was found bound, strangled, and stabbed at his home in Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, which is a considerably exclusive and wealthy neighborhood. His death inspired rage amongst his supporters as it coincided with the period he was expectedly to emerge as the flag bearer for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2007 Governorship election.
On Twitter, this Monday, many Nigerians are commenting on the demise of Funsho Williams and his political career that was cut short. Following a report of posters that read “Who Killed Funsho Williams?” that flooded the streets of Lagos, this trend has created room for many to also debate on Funsho’s death and how messy politics in Nigeria has been, even as many reiterate calls for his death to be investigated.
I think we all know who killed Funsho Williams. All these consultation and investigations na pure fuckery!.
— PerfectImperfection (@OkoronkwoEdward) July 27, 2020
Justice has been delayed, truth diluted, many of Funshos workers were held as suspects for many years, maybe to frustrate the case and shield justice. Who killed FUNSHO WILLIAMS ? https://t.co/n8ixUWAYEI
— Lekan Oriowo (@OlalekanNR1) July 27, 2020
If not for his death, Lagos will not be in the hand of whom it is today.
A question All Lagosians suppose to always ask “WHO KILLED FUNSHO WILLIAMS?” Unfortunately, “life goes on”, a typical African mentality. https://t.co/BrkwUISdo4
— Onitolo Akolawole R. (@donralphonit) July 27, 2020
2007 remains the only time the @officialpdpng had a concrete chance of winning the governorship election in Lagos state if FUNSHO WILLIAMS had contested.. it never happened and till date no questions is asked about what, why and how!!! Too bad .#whokilledfunshowilliams
— Feranmi Rasaq Patrice (@RasaqFeranmi) July 27, 2020
Who killed Funsho Williams?
— IKECHUKWU (@iykimo) July 27, 2020
While the trend flooded with questions unanswered, it is interesting to note that a day after his death, two people were arrested in connection with his death. One was his campaign manager, and the other was Senator and former Works Minister Kingsley Adeseye Ogunlewe who was also vying for the PDP Gubernatorial ticket in 2007.
Almost everyone in this Lagos knows who killed or had a hand in Funsho Williams' death. The question we should be asking is if the authorities will ever arrest that person.
— O.L.U.W.A.D.A.R.E (Dare Lee) 🇳🇬 (@dre_12345) July 27, 2020
If the truth about who killed Funsho Williams, Dipo Dina, Bola Ige comes to bare… It will be another Oputa panel level of table shaking…
— Adigun Mubârok (@Hollaiturn) July 27, 2020
It is 14 years after the assassination of Funsho Williams and despite the noise and headlines of Government threatening to get to the root of the matter and fish out the perpetrators of this gruesome act, we are still asking the question 'WHO KILLED FUNSHO WILLIAMS?' pic.twitter.com/oKoOPX0qpx
— Busola (@TheRealBusolami) July 27, 2020
While a lot was said and a whole lot unsaid, Nigerians in this trend are remembering Funsho Williams and appealing to the security agencies and relevant authorities to follow through with the promise of ensuring justice is done.
Williams, survived by his wife, Hilda, and four children was laid to rest at the Victoria Court Cemetery, Lagos.
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