Chike Akunyili’s murderers will face justice, Buhari vows

Jesusegun Alagbe

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that those who killed Dr Chike Akunyili, widower of the late Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof Dora Akunyili, will be punished.

Buhari said this on Wednesday while expressing sadness over Chike’s murder, a statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said.

According to the statement, “he [President Buhari] assured the grieving families who lost their loved ones in the incident that the perpetrators of the heinous act would face both the judgment of man and that of God”.

“He enjoined security agencies and leaders of thought to work harder to bring an end to the violence being unleashed on innocent Nigerians.

“According to him, he has fond memories of working with the late Dora Akunyili at the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) and ‘Nigerians will never forget the memory of the amazon, who distinguished herself as a courageous, dependable and patriotic citizen’”, the statement read.

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President Buhari said he shared the pain of the family and friends of the late Akunyilis, “whose lives will never remain the same after the inhuman and reprehensible act that happened in Onitsha, Anambra State”.

Dr Chike was killed by gunmen at Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State. Seven other persons were also killed in the incident, according to reports.

The incident reportedly happened on Monday evening.

Dr Chike was said to be returning from a trip to Onitsha, where he had gone to obtain a posthumous award of excellence for his late wife, when he ran into the hoodlums at Nkpor and was shot dead.

The hoodlums, it was gathered, were chanting, “No election in Anambra in November.”

It was learnt that residents of Agulu community, where the late Akunyilis hailed from, are mourning.

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