Friday, October 1, 2021

Rage, despair trail murder of Akunyili, 8 others by gunmen

Outrage yesterday trailed the killing of Dr. Chike Akunyil, husband of the late Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Prof. Dora Akunyili, by gunmen at Nkpor, Anambra State, on Tuesday, as apex Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said Igbo Nation was now under siege.


Also reacting to the gruesome murder of Akunyili, the  South East Governors Forum condemned the killing and charged security agencies to make concerted efforts and fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

Similarly, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed deep sadness over the killing, saying the perpetrators must face the judgment of man.

Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, immediately dissociated itself from the killing, explaining that the killing of  Chike Akunyili   was an offshoot of the ongoing political assassinations in Anambra State.

How Akunyili, eight others were slaughtered in Onitsha suburb by gunmen

It was gathered that unknown gunmen had opened fire in the usually busy area at a time Akunyili was returning home to Enugu after receiving a post-humous award by the University of Nigeria Alumni Association on behalf of his late wife at the All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha.

Akunyili, in company of his driver and police orderly, left immediately after receiving his wife’s award and was seen off by his son, Obum who also attended the ceremony.

They took the old Onitsha-Enugu Road and ran into the gunmen who shot them dead at Nkpor, a suburb of Onitsha.

Those in the vicinity said the gunmen were probably attracted to his vehicle by the policeman sitting in front of the car and then opened fire on the occupants.

According to eye-witnesses, it was possible the gunmen did not know the identity of Dr Akunyili at the time he was shot. They also said  the gunmen killed three more persons, cut off the heads of three others before speeding off in a waiting vehicle.

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