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Senate observes minute silence in honour of husband of late Prof. Dora Akunyili murdered by gunmen

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The Senate on Wednesday observed a minute’s silence in honour of late Dr. Chike Akunyili said to have been murdered by gunmen in Onitsha, Anambra State on Tuesday.

Dr. Chike Akunyili was the husband of former Minister of Information, late Prof. Dora Akunyili/

The resolution of the Senate followed a Point of Order moved by Senator Uche Ekwunife, informing the Senate of the dastardly act.

Citing Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rules, Ekwunife lamented the gruesome killing of Dr. Chike, the husband of ex-Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administrative Control (NAFDAC), late Professor Dora Akunyili.

Ekwunife urged the Inspector General of Police to step up action aimed at bringing an end to the menace of unknown gunmen now ravaging the South East region.

She also called on the Governors of the South-East to do all that is necessary to safeguard lives and property in the region.

He was murdered alongside his driver and police escort at Nkpor junction, Anambra State.

It was learnt that his killers might have mistaken him for a politician when they ambushed his vehicle and opened fire on the trio.

A graphic video of the incident send by an ionigeria.com correspondent showed that Dr. Akunyili and his driver might have been saved if those who made the recordings rushed them to the hospital on time.

The medical doctor and Chief Executive Officer of St Leo Hospital, Enugu, was assassinated on Tuesday while heading to Umuoji in Idemili North Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

It was gathered that the deceased had gone to Onitsha for a lecture in honour of his late wife at Sharon Hall, All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha, which was organised by the University of Nigeria Nsukka Alumni Association (UNAA).

A source who also attended said Dr. Akunyili was there with his son, Obum, a state government official.

He wrote: “I was with this man same yesterday at Sharon Hall, All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha.

“It was an occasion of University of Nigeria Nsukka Alumni Association (UNAA), Onitsha branch event where they honoured late Dora Akunyili.

“He spoke glowingly about Dora and made a donation of N500,000 to the association. He was there with his son, Obum now working with the 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 big Jeep (i think Prado).”

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Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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