The indigenes of Agulu community in Anaocha local district are mourning over the sudden death of one of their illustrious sons, Dr. Chike Akunyili, husband to late Prof. Mrs. Dora Akunyili, former Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug and Administration NAFDAC, who was shot dead Tuesday by unknown gunmen at Nkpor Junction Idemili North local government area of Anambra State.
Chike was killed when he was returning from Onitsha for his late wife’s memorial lecture and posthumous award at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka Alumni Association, UNAA, Onitsha branch.
Although, the state Police Command was yet to confirm the report, a viral video showed where the deceased in pool of his own blood and battered face struggled to stand up from the ground but could not.
A source said, “God, please render the devil and his agents powerless and useless. I was with this man yesterday (Tuesday) same yesterday at Sharon Hall, All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha. It was an occasion of University of Nigeria Nsukka Alumni Association (UNAA), Onitsha branch event where they honoured late Dora Akunyili.
“He spoke glowingly about Dora and made a donation of #500, 000 to the association. He was there with his son, Obum, now working with Anambra state government.
” We saw them off to the car and it was emotional when Obum hugged him tight as both of them separated to join their respective vehicles. Obum was in a white Hilux, while the man was in a big Jeep (I think Prado). God have mercy.”
Another source alleged that he was not the target but “His sin is that his security wanted to clear the road because of a heavy traffic at Nkpor. Some girls and a boy with covered face started shooting at them immediately they saw the security guy clearing the road. He saw what was happening and wanted to move out of his jeep, the girls faced him and fired him.”
However, it was also learnt that his driver and the police security were equally gunned down.
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