Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has placed a N20 million bounty on killers of Dr. Chike Akunyili, husband of late Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof Dora Akunyili.
Dr. Akunyili was murdered on Tuesday Sept. 28 by unknown gunmen in Onitsha, Anambra State.
He spoke in a live broadcast on Wednesday, saying that to reinforce government’s commitment and seriousness on this issue, the State Government, wished to announce a N20,000,000 reward for any useful information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of these heinous attacks on our state.
Obiano said the people behind the killing must be unmasked and brought to book.
He urged citizens to report to government anybody bearing firearm who is not a security or vigilante personnel, so government could deal with this monster, once and for all.
“I wish to most heartily condole with the families of all those who have lost their loved ones in the course of these senseless attacks.
“I promise you that we will leave no stone unturned in getting justice for them. May their souls rest in peace. Finally, I urge all citizens of the state to unite in this fight against all forms of terror, intimidation and tyranny,” he said.
Obiano said his government would not succumb to invaders as he was convinced that no Anambra son would indulge in this kind of heartlessness.
He warned all those promoting and participating in these violent attacks to leave the state or pay a high price as government would definitely catch up with them.
The governor lamented that since last weekend, some armed persons had unleashed terror with sporadic attacks on innocent citizens in various parts of the State.
He said from the briefings he received from Security Commanders, offices of some political parties, branded campaign vehicles and individuals occupying them had been attacked with killings and burning of vehicles.
Obiano added that other innocent road users have become victims of this menace with many losing their lives and others, their properties.
“Between Sunday 26th and 28th September, 2021 attacks on citizens at Oko, Agulu, Obosi, Nkpor, Nnobi, Nnewi and other places have left about 10.people dead, including an illustrious son of this State, Dr Chike Akunyili, husband of late Prof Dora Akunyili who was reportedly gunned down around Nkpor,” he decried.
According to him, these attacks and accompanying deaths could not be justified and must stop now.
Outrage has trailed the killing of Dr. Akunyil, as apex Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said Igbo nation was now under siege.
Also reacting to the gruesome murder, the South East Governors Forum condemned the killing and charged security agencies to make concerted efforts and fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.
Similarly, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed deep sadness over the killing, saying the perpetrators must face the judgment of man.
It was gathered that unknown gunmen had opened fire in the usually busy area at a time Akunyili was returning home to Enugu after receiving a post-humous award by the University of Nigeria Alumni Association on behalf of his late wife at the All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha.
Akunyili, in company of his driver and police orderly, left immediately after receiving his wife’s award and was seen off by his son, Obum who also attended the ceremony.
They took the old Onitsha-Enugu Road and ran into the gunmen who shot them dead at Nkpor, a suburb of Onitsha.
Those in the vicinity said the gunmen were probably attracted to his vehicle by the policeman sitting in front of the car and then opened fire on the occupants.
According to eye-witnesses, it was possible the gunmen did not know the identity of Dr Akunyili at the time he was shot. They also said the gunmen killed three more persons, cut off the heads of three others before speeding off in a waiting vehicle.
Meanwhile, IPOB has dissociated itself from the killings in the South East, including that of Dr. Akunyili. The Pro-Biafra group 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.