Former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi has expressed shock over the death of Dr Chike Akunyili, husband of the former minister of Information, Prof Dora Akunyili, who was murdered by gunmen on Tuesday evening.
Obi who spoke to journalists in his country home in Agulu, described the incident as sad and painful, stressing that the deceased was an easy going man.
He said, “I was in Lagos on Tuesday when I got the news of the dead Akunyili on social media and immediately boarded a flight back to confirm it.
“I was lucky to get the first flight, and I landed in Owerri and moved straight to Iyienu Hospital in Onitsha, where I and his son identified him in the mortuary.
“He was not the only victim, there was his driver and police security aide. About nine people in all were involved in the shooting and some of them were even headless, and it is now a problem identifying them.
“It is a very sad thing to think of. If you know Dr Akunyili, you will know that he can not hurt anyone, not here in his village and not anywhere else. He is a good man who is so happy with himself.
“As for who his killers are, I can only say that no one knows, it is a very sad thing, and as I speak to you, Agulu people are in mourning.”
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Police Commisioner, CP Tony Olofu has assured the people of the state about the commitment of the command to ensure public safety.
In a press statement by the Command’s spokesperson, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, Olofu who has visited the scene of the incident for on-the-spot-assessment called for collaboration between the people and the police to fish out bad elements in the state.
Ikenga in the release said: “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 within 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 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, stressing 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.”
Anambra has within three days witnessed several incidences of attacks by unidentified gun wielding men.
A team of Police Operatives attached to Aguata Area Command at about 2pm of Tuesday while on routine patrol duty along Ezinifite/Igboukwu road, were attacked by persons riding in two unmarked Sienna vehicle and a Toyota Hummer bus. The hoodlums set the patrol vehicle ablaze and fled the scene.
Also, there was a gun attack on a member of the public at about 5pm along Oko road. The attackers set the vehicle of the victim ablaze, leaving him with a bullet wound on his feet befirey escaping.
At about 4pm of same day, the undesirable elements, in an attempt to snatch a Lexus 350 from its driver along Agulu Road, shot the owner, abandoned the victim and the car and fled.
The incident at Nkpor, which claimed the life of Akunyili had also saw about nine other person’s lives being taken in the process.