Rage, despair path homicide of Akunyili, 8 others by gunmen

Dora Akunyili

…How Akunyili, husband of late ex-NAFDAC boss, 8 others have been killed in Onitsha suburb

…Igbo nation beneath siege with too many killings, Ohanaeze laments

It’s in our palms to make this area higher once more— Umahi

We’ll guarantee public security—Police

Fish out killers, S-East govs cost safety businesses

Buhari mourns Dr. Chike Akunyili, says killers should face judgment of man

Igbo group decries insecurity in S’East

It’s political assassination —IPOB

By Anayo Okoli, Regional Editor, South-East, Vincent Ujumadu, Olasunkanmi Akoni, Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Peter Okutu, Chimaobi Nwaiwu & Chinonso Alozie

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, mentioned Igbo Nation was now beneath siege.

Also reacting to the grotesque homicide of Akunyili, the  South East Governors Forum condemned the killing and charged safety businesses to make concerted efforts and fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

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

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

How Akunyili, eight others have been slaughtered in Onitsha suburb by gunmen

It was gathered that unknown gunmen had opened hearth within the normally busy space at a time Akunyili was returning house to Enugu after receiving a post-humous award by the University of Nigeria Alumni Association on behalf of his late spouse on the All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha.

Akunyili, in firm of his driver and police orderly, left instantly after receiving his spouse’s award and was seen off by his son, Obum who additionally attended the ceremony.

They took the outdated Onitsha-Enugu Road and bumped into the gunmen who shot them lifeless at Nkpor, a suburb of Onitsha.

Those within the neighborhood mentioned the gunmen have been in all probability interested in his car by the policeman sitting in entrance of the automobile after which opened hearth on the occupants.

According to eye-witnesses, it was potential the gunmen didn’t know the identification of Dr Akunyili on the time he was shot. They additionally mentioned  the gunmen killed three extra individuals, lower off the heads of three others earlier than rushing off in a ready car.

We’ll guarantee public security, says Anambra CP

Reacting to the killing yesterday, Anambra State Police Commissioner, Tony Olofu, assured the folks of the state of the dedication of the command to make sure public security.

In a press assertion by the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, Olofu, who visited the scene of the incident for on-the-spot-assessment, referred to as for collaborations between the folks and the police to fish out dangerous parts within the state.

While not particularly talking on the killing of Dr Akunyili, Ikenga’s assertion learn: “The Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Command, CP Tony Olofu has today 29th September, 2021, observed with grave concern, the series of security breaches that have taken place in the state and has therefore ordered tactical commanders of the command to immediately put an end to the madness. 

“He gave this order when he led senior police officers from the command on- the-spot assessment to the crime scenes. 

“The CP while regretting the unfortunate loss of lives and valuables due to those senseless acts, has sued for calm, as the Command collaborates with other security agencies in the state to decisively deal with the perpetrators, who seem to have lost every iota of human conscience and sensibility in them. 

“He implores members of the public, particularly residents of the state to continue to partner with the police with a view of containing these atrocious acts and that the Command is more than ever determined to flush out these undesirable elements and make the entire State safer for law-abiding citizens to go about their lawful businesses.”

Former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, who hails from the identical Agulu neighborhood as Akunyili, visited the Iyienu Hospital, Ogidi, the place the corpses of the slain 9 individuals, together with Akunyili, have been deposited by the police.

Obi defined that the physique of the late Akunyili can be taken to the Borromew Hospital, Onitsha the place Akunyili served as chairman of its Board of Directors till his demise for correct preservation.

Addressing reporters on the palace of the standard ruler of Agulu, Igwe Innocent Obodoeke, Obi described Akunyili as a pleasant particular person.

He mentioned: “Chike had always lived his life well. Nobody can explain how our society had degenerated to this level.

“I was with his son at the mortuary for identification of the body and I have spoken with his first son, also a medical doctor, who is abroad. We also visited the police station at Ogidi where his corpse and those of eight others killed on that spot were taken.

“He was a gentleman. He can’t do wrong to anybody. He just lived his life. He was always happy with himself. I am shocked that this happened to him.

“What is happening in the country now requires the collective attention of all stakeholders, including those in government, the traditional institution and presidents-general of the various communities. This is something that, if not controlled, can consume everybody.

Also speaking, the traditional ruler of Agulu, Igwe Innocent Obodoeke described the death of Akunyili as unfortunate.

The monarch said: “It is unfortunate for us to allow our people to be slain like this. What this means is that this type of death can come to any of us anytime. To say the least, this is not good.

“It was not long Prof. Dora Akunyili died and now the husband has joined her under this terrible circumstance. It is too early for their children to become orphans.

“It was in the morning that the chairman of Agulu Caretaker Committee called me and narrated what happened to Dr. Chike Akunyili. It was terrible that such a nice man should die in this manner.

“Chike was a lovely, humane person. He had no issues with anybody. I lack worlds to describe this kind of situation, but I blame the government for not providing security for our people any longer. He was not supposed to die in this manner”.

Too many killings, Igboland beneath siege – Ohanaeze

Reacting to the killing on the prayer assembly to mark World Igbo Day, President-General of the group, Prof George Obiozor, who was represented on the prayer assembly by Amb. Okey Emuchay, Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, lamented  the grotesque homicide of Dr. Chike Akunyili.

“We need to take a pause on the happenings in Igbo Nation. We need to seek the face of God. We need to remember our brothers and sisters that have been killed over the years. But more importantly, we need to think about today. The Igbo Nation is under siege.  There are too many killings.

“As I sat there waiting for this event to start, a video was sent to me about the senseless killings in Anambra State involving the husband of former NAFDAC DG, Prof. Dora Akunyili. He was brutally murdered yesterday. If you see the video and see how brutally Dr Akunyili was killed, you won’t be able to do anything today.

“The senseless killings in the last couple of days in Anambra State calls for retrospection and deep reflections. We are under siege.

“All South-East states are under siege. We plead with the men of God gathered here, the mothers in this hall, the fathers in this hall and everybody, something needs to be done. Something urgent needs to be done.

“I advise IPOB and their other groups to think and to think so deeply because if you kill anybody today, who would be there tomorrow? This is the message from the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Prof. George Obiozor. “

Fish out perpetrators, S’East Governors Forum charges security agencies

Also reacting, the South East Governors Forum charged security agencies to immediately fish out killers of Dr. Akunyili to face prosecution.

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Chairman of the forum and governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, in a statement signed Mr. Francis  Nwaze, his Special  Assistant on Media  and Publicity, “commiserated with the people of Agulu, Anambra State Government, and Ndigbo on the unfortunate event of the murder of Dr. Akunyili.

The statement read: “The Chairman, South East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Engineer David Nweze Umahi, has condemned the gruesome murder of Dr. Chike Akunyili, the husband to late Professor Dora Akunyili, former Director-General of NAFDAC by unknown gunmen.

“The governor, while expressing concern over how Ndigbo is now losing most of its finest to hoodlums in the zone, commiserated with the people of Agulu, Anambra State government, and Ndigbo on the unfortunate event of the murder of the elder statesman.

“He appealed to security agencies to rise to the occasion and arrest all perpetrators of the dastardly act to enable them to face justice.

“We have received the shocking story of the gruesome murder of one of our brightest and husband to our late former Director-General of NAFDAC, late Professor Dora Akunyili by unknown gunmen. On behalf of the Governors of the South East, we condemn the act. It is not only barbaric, but it is also unbecoming how much human lives no longer matter in our Society. 

“We give security agencies a marching order to uncover and arrest all the perpetrators of this inhuman act and make them face justice.

“He also charged the people of the Zone to collaborate with the relevant security apparatus including the Ebubeagu regional Security outfit to stamp out insecurity in the South East Zone. He prayed God to grant the departed rest in his bosom.”

It’s in our palms to make this area higher once more — Umahi

Governor Umahi had at a distinct discussion board, referred to as for extra prayers for the South East geopolitical zone and the nation at giant.

Umahi, who spoke by means of the Secretary to State Government, SSG, Dr. Kenneth Ugbeala, mentioned:  “There were people who fought and suffered so much for us to be free as a people; yet there is still fighting amongst us.

“This simply tells us something: that Igbo are the ones killing themselves.  Do we really love ourselves? We don’t. If we love ourselves, what we are experiencing today in Igbo land won’t be happening. If a hen runs into the house, it has gone and is safe.

“What is the essence of bringing it out again to be slaughtered by enemies? We need love among us. 

“We have told ourselves the truth about the situation in our land. However, we have a job to do. There is a job for the CAN; there is job for the Ohanaeze; and there is also job for everyone of us to ensure that peace and orderliness is restored in Igboland.

“We are our own problems. It’s in our hands to make this region better again. God brought us here to make it a better place for all of us. 

“What are we gaining as a people,   that we sit-at-home every Monday? Our children were denied the opportunity to write a national examination, which children in other regions of this country wrote, because of sit-at-home. We, Igbos, are undoing ourselves. We are the cause of what we suffer today.”

Buhari mourns Dr. Chike Akunyili

Also reacting yesterday, President Buhari in a press release by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, mentioned he shared the ache of the offspring of Prof and Dr Akunyili, their households and associates “whose lives will never remain the same after the inhuman and reprehensible act that happened in Onitsha, Anambra State.”

The President mentioned he had fond reminiscences of working with the late Dora Akunyili on the Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF, including that “Nigerians will never forget the memory of the amazon, who distinguished herself as a courageous, dependable and patriotic citizen.”

Enjoining safety businesses and leaders of thought to work more durable to convey an finish to the violence being unleashed on harmless Nigerians, “the President assures the grieving families who lost their loved ones in the incident that the perpetrators of the heinous act will face both the judgment of man and that of God.”

…Senate too 

Also yesterday, the Senate noticed a minute silence to mourn the demise of Dr. Chike Akunyili. 

The higher chamber mourned the deceased, following a degree of order raised by Senator Uche Lilian Ekwunife (Anambra Central).

Coming beneath Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rules – Personal Explanation, Ekwunife famous with concern that on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, Dr. Chike Akunyili was gunned down in a most grotesque and really horrifying method at Afor Nkpor, Anambra State.

According to the lawmaker, the late Dr. Chike Akunyili till his demise, was the Medical Director of St. Leo Hospital, Enugu.

She famous that he additionally was a longtime academician, medical director and one who had contributed to the event of healthcare in Nigeria.

Narrating the circumstance which led to his demise, Ekwunife mentioned:  “Dr. Akunyili went to Onitsha to present a paper and receive an award at the memorial lecture put together by civil society organisation in honor of his late wife, Prof. Dora Akunyili, and was gruesomely attacked at Nkpor on his way home.

“The Senate is aware that lots of gruesome attacks and killings had been going on around the entire South East zone, especially Anambra, Enugu and Imo states.”

Consequently, the lawmaker urged the Inspector-General of Police and different legislation enforcement businesses to step up motion in direction of unraveling perpetrators of the grotesque killings in Anambra State and different South-East states beneath the identify of unknown gunmen.

Ekwunife additionally urged governors of the South East to dwell as much as their obligations of guaranteeing security of life and properties of the residents as enshrined within the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

Igbo group decries insecurity scenario in S’East

In its response, an Igbo group, The Igbo Conscience, TIC, decried what it described as  “worrisome security situation” within the South-East, and South West, and  referred to as on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency within the area.

The group acknowledged it had turn out to be expedient by the FG to arrest what it described as “dangerous state of anarchy.”

TIC, led by Mr. Joe Igbokwe, Special Adviser on Drainages to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made the decision, yesterday, as a part of its four-point demand at a press convention in Ikeja, in response to the grotesque homicide of Dr. Chike Akunyili, expressing shock over the incident.

Igbokwe led different kinsmen, together with Comrade Declan Ihekaire, Peter Clever Okpara, amongst others, on the briefing.

The group famous that the assassination of the medical physician by unknown gunmen was only a tip of what was occurring at the moment within the 5 states within the area, saying such had been a recurring image for the reason that outlawed Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, launched an armed warfare towards the South-East.

“The South-East as of today, is under a murderous and destructive siege launched by our people in the name of actualising Biafra, with thousands having been killed, busine-sses and human activities seriously affected,” Igbokwe acknowledged. The group, there-fore, urged the Federal Government to draft extra safety forces and businesses to the area to save lots of the folks from themselves.

Igbokwe demanded that the Federal Government ought to establish, arrest, prosecute any particular person, group, curiosity or organisation discovered to actively procure, assist and facilitate the state of anarchy within the area.

He added that the federal government ought to do all inside its powers to tame the conflagration within the South-East with a purpose to save Igbos from what he described as “a self-inflicted ruination.”

“Given these concerns therefore, we demand the following; That the Federal Government consider the option of declaring a state of emergency in the South East or at least some states of the South East to arrest this dangerous state of anarchy,’’ Igbokwe said.

It’s political assassination – IPOB

Dissociating itself from the killings in the South East, including that of Dr. Akunyili, IPOB claimed that the killings were politically-motivated, adding that the masterminds were taking advantage of the current situation in the region to unleash mayhem on their political opponents.

“We  have no issues with Chike Akunyili and we didn’t kill him. Those behind this act must stop this and stop using IPOB name. We don’t want anybody to blame IPOB because we must get them. This is pure political assassination going on in Anambra State now and it’s been perfected by DSS security agents who are doing this to paint IPOB black in the face of support and encouragement we are getting from our people. 

“We know their plans and gimmick to discourage Biafrans who are encouraging and supporting us but it can’t work for them, in the near future those committing these atrocities in Imo, Anambra States will hear from IPOB and our people should not blame us because we must get them.“

The group also said  it did not at any point issued a statement on the forthcoming governorship elections in Anambra State, to the effect, that the election will not hold, adding that those peddling the propaganda were doing so to cast aspersions on IPOB.

The Director of Media and Publicity of the  group, Emma Powerful, stated this in a statement yesterday.

The statement read:  “We the great family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukkwu Kanu, wish to dissociate ourselves from the senseless killing of innocent citizens in Anambra State. We have no hands in the political killings going on in Biafra land. We have severally raised the alarm that some cruel politicians are hiding under the cloak of the situation in Biafra land to eliminate their political enemies and blame it on IPOB.

“We don’t know why wicked politicians especially in Imo and Anambra States will choose to slaughter their opponents and turn around and point accusing fingers at IPoB or the operatives of Eastern Security Network ESN. Politicians should leave us alone and settle their scores. No IPOB member or ESN operative is involved in such barbarity. We have no interest in the zoo politics. Restoration of Biafra is our mandate!

“We also wish to clarify that IPOB has never issued any official statement that there would be no governorship election in Anambra State.

“Those peddling such rumour are not our members, and should be ignored. Our position on Anambra election will be made public at the right time through our normal channels of information dissemination.

‘’Anything to the contrary should be disregarded. Members of the public should stop believing social media fake stories purported to have emanated from IPOB. We are an organized movement and we don’t hide our position on any matter.

“Those killed Dora Akunyili husband killed his wife with poison from Fulani because she exposed the death Yaradua death for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to take over President of failed Nigeria, they know themselves those conspired to poisoned prof. Dora Akunyili, they’re contesting governorship election in Anambra State today.”

“Had IPoB issued a statement regarding Anambra election, by now traitors like Joe Igbokwe would have been ranting that it was IPOB that killed APGA and APC members killed along Nnobi junction last week.

“It is obvious that those that burnt Anambra Government House and other parts of the state some years back are   back to use intimidations and killings to subdue their opponents ahead of the governorship election in Anambra State.”

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