The husband of the Late director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control of Nigeria from 2001 to 2008 has been murdered by unknown gunmen.
Late Chike Akunyili’s was assassinated on his way from Onitsha to Umuoji and there have been talks that the violence taking place in the east could be a hint that The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are responsible for his demise.
However, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has cleared the air and dissociated itself from the rumour that linked them to Chike Akunyili’s assassination and other crimes in the South-East.
Late Chike Akunyili was said to have been shot and murdered by unidentified gunmen on Tuesday, September 28 in Afor Nkpor, Anambra State’s Idemili North local government area.
In honour of his late wife, he graced a lecture organised by the University of Nigeria Nsukka Alumni Association (UNAA), Onitsha branch, in Sharon Hall, All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha. He was assassinated when he returned home after the event.
IPOB has refuted all claims and denied involvement in his death and some other bloodshed in the region on Wednesday, September 29.
In a statement, they said “We the great family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu, wish to dissociate ourselves from the senseless killing of innocent citizens in Anambra State.
“We have no hands in the political killings going on. We have severally raised the alarm that some cruel politicians are hiding under the cloak of the situation in Biafra land to eliminate their political enemies and blame it on IPOB.
“We don’t know why wicked politicians especially in Imo and the Anambra States will choose to slaughter their opponents and turn around and point accusing fingers at IPOB or the operatives of Eastern Security Network ESN. Politicians should leave us alone and settle their scores. No IPOB member or ESN operative is involved in such barbarity. We have no interest in their politics. Restoration of Biafra is our mandate!”
They also expressed their opinion regarding the Anambra State Governorship election in the statement.
It reads: “We also wish to clarify that IPOB has never issued an official statement that there would be no governorship election in Anambra State.
“Those peddling such rumour are not our members and should be ignored. Our position on the Anambra election will be made public at the right time through our normal channels of information dissemination.
Anything contrary should be disregarded. Members of the public should stop believing social media fake stories purported to have emanated from IPOB. We are an organized movement and we don’t hide our position on any matter.”
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