President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the gruesome killing of Dr Chike Akunyili, widower of the late Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control(NAFDAC), Dora Akunyili.
Buhari made his feelings known in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on Wednesday, September 29, in Abuja.
He assured the grieving families who lost their loved ones in the incident; that the perpetrators of the heinous act would face both the judgment of man and that of God.
He enjoined security agencies and leaders of thought to work harder; to bring an end to the violence being unleashed on innocent Nigerians.
According to Buhari, he has fond memories of working with the late Dora Akunyili at the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), and ”Nigerians will never forget the memory of the amazon, who distinguished herself as a courageous, dependable and patriotic citizen.”
Buhari said he shared the pain of the offspring of the late Professor and Dr Akunyili, their families and friends ”whose lives will never remain the same after the inhuman and reprehensible act that happened in Onitsha, Anambra State.”
Also, the Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Mr Tony Olofu, has vowed that the command, in collaboration with other security agencies, will deal with the killers of Dr Chike Akunyili.
The police commissioner sued for calm and also stressed that the perpetrators would be unmasked and “decisively dealt with“.
A statement issued by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, on Wednesday in Awka said that Olofu visited the scene where Akunyili was killed in Nkpor and two other locations where violent crimes were perpetrated.
Ikenga quoted Olofu as saying that with the way they operated; the gunmen seemed to have lost every iota of human conscience and sensibility in them.
The statement said that at about 5 p.m. around the Nkpor Roundabout and without any provocation; some gunmen attacked and shot a police inspector attached to a Very Important Personality (VIP).
“At Afor Nkpor Junction, three unidentified bodies were recovered; a burnt Toyota Hilux; as well as a vandalised Toyota Hummer bus; were also seen at the crime scene.
“The lifeless bodies were taken to the hospital; and regrettably one of the bodies was identified as one Dr Chike Akunyili”, Ikenga said in the statement.
He said the bandits also beheaded a yet-to-be identified man; and thereafter fled the scene of the crime.
The police commissioner expressed regrets at the unfortunate loss of lives as well as valuables due to those senseless acts.