Details emerge on how Chike Akunyili was murdered

Jesusegun Alagbe with agency report

Details have emerged on how Dr Chike Akunyili, widower of the late Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof Dora Akunyili, was killed.

Dr Chike was alongside seven others killed on Monday by gunmen at Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

He was said to be returning from a trip to Onitsha, where he went 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.”

On Wednesday, the Anambra State Police Command revealed details on how the late Chike was murdered.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Tony Olofu, vowed that the command, in collaboration with other security agencies, would deal with the killers.

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Olofu, who spoke while confirming Akunyili’s death, sued for calm and stressed that the perpetrators would be unmasked and “decisively dealt with”.

A statement issued by the command’s spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, on Wednesday in Awka said that Olofu visited the scene where Akunyili was killed at Nkpor and two other locations where violent crimes were perpetrated.

Ikenga quoted Olofu as saying that with the way they operated, the gunmen seemed to have lost every iota of human conscience and sensibility in them.

The police said that at about 5 pm on Monday, around the Nkpor Roundabout and without any provocation, the gunmen attacked and shot a police inspector attached to a Very Important Personality (VIP).

“At Afor Nkpor Junction, three unidentified bodies were recovered. A burnt Toyota Hilux and a vandalised Toyota Hummer bus were also seen at the crime scene.

“The lifeless bodies were taken to the hospital and regrettably, one of the bodies was identified as one Dr Chike Akunyili”, Ikenga said in the statement.

He said the bandits also beheaded a yet-to-be identified man and thereafter fled the crime scene.

A day after Dr Chike’s murder, the police also said that a team of police operatives attached to the Aguata Area Command at about 2 pm on Tuesday was attacked by hoodlums while on routine patrol along Ezinifite/Igboukwu Road.

Ikenga said that the bandits, who rode in an unmarked Sienna vehicle and a Toyota Hummer bus, set the police patrol vehicle ablaze and later fled the scene.

The police statement read, “Similarly, there was a gun attack on a member of the public at about 5 pm on Oko Road.

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“The criminal elements set the vehicle of the victim ablaze, leaving him with a bullet wound and escaped. The victim was rescued and taken to hospital, where he is responding to treatment.

“On Sept 28, some undesirable elements, in an attempt to snatch a Lexus 350 car from its driver on Agulu Road, shot him.

“The attackers abandoned the victim and the car and fled. The victim was immediately rushed to the hospital but was confirmed dead by the doctors on duty.”

Dr Chike’s death has sparked anger, with President Muhammadu Buhari vowing that those who killed him would be punished.

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

It was learnt that residents of Agulu community, where the late Akunyilis hailed from, have since been thrown into mourning.

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