WEDNESDAY- 29th September, 2021: Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the All Professional Congress (APC) in Lagos State, has reacted to the death of Chike Akunyili.
Igbokwe urged the Federal Government to immediately declare a State of Emergency in the South East region.
The development trails the brutal killing of Chike Akunyili, who happens to be the husband of late Prof. Dora Akunyili, the former director-general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.
Igbokwe, who is a Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Drainage and Water Resources, criticised the South-East leaders for turning blind eye to the ugly situation going on in the region.
He wrote on Facebook, “Since governors and our leaders in the South-East are now deaf and dumb; let me say it with all the emphasis in my command that FG should declare a state of emergency in the SE.”
Some people have linked Akunyili’s murder to the members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and its armed wing, the Eastern Security Network.
Chike Akunyili, the widower of the late Prof. Dora Akunyili’s was shot dead by unknown gunmen.
A family source confirmed said "Chike Akunyili was shot on Tuesday night near Onitsha", the commercial hub of Anambra State.
"He went for his late wife's memorial lecture in Onitsha and was going back to Enugu, that was when the thing happened. He was shot dead by gunmen. I don't know how it happened," the source added.
Chike's brother, Cyril in an Instagram post on Wednesday said, "IPOB killed my senior brother. Why? The husband of Prof Dora Akunyili is dead. IPOB why on a Tuesday?"
He later deleted the post.
Dora Akunyili, a former director-general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), died in an Indian hospital on June 7, 2014, at the age of 57 after a prolonged ailment.
She was the Director-General of NAFDAC from 2001 to 2008.
Chike and his late wife had six children.