UNKNOWN gunmen have shot dead Dr Chike Akunyili the husband of Nigeria’s former information minister Professor Dora Akunyili in Anambra State along with his driver and police escort this morning.
In an inexplicable incident, Dr Akunyili, a medical doctor, was gunned down in cold blood at Eke Nkpor, while on his way to Umuoji from Onitsha. He had attended a lecture at Sharon Hall, All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha, which was organised by the University of Nigeria Nsukka Alumni Association, Onitsha branch, in honour of his late wife.
One source said: “He spoke glowingly about Dora his wife and made a donation of N500,000 to the association. He was there with his son, Obum, who now works 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 Prado Jeep, so he must have been killed when returning from the function.”
One local eyewitness said: “He lost his life at Nkpor Junction, Idemili North Anambra State on Tuesday September 28 when he came to receive an award for the late amazon, Prof Dora Akunyili. Agbalanze was killed by unknown gunmen and may the Lord console the Akunyili family and Ndi Agulu in general.”