Dr Chike Akunyili, the widower of the late Prof. Dora Akunyili’s has been shot dead by unknown gunmen.
A family source who confirmed this, said that “Chike Akunyili was shot on Tuesday night near Onitsha”, the commercial hub of Anambra State. He was said to have been killed alongside his driver and police escort.
“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? Husband of Prof Dora Akunyili is dead. IPOB why on a Tuesday?”
He later deleted the post.
His wife, 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 DG of NAFDAC from 2001 to 2008.
Chike and his late wife had six children.
After the death of his wife, Chike described her as “an elephant who loved her country even during her travails”.
“Her love for Nigeria was phenomenal and beyond words; even in her last days when she was very ill, she insisted that she would serve the country with her last breath.
“She wanted a home called Nigeria where citizens could live and enjoy,” he had 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 (Chike) 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. He must have been killed when returning from the function.”
Though attempt to get confirmation from the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga was not successful, sources in the victims community, Agulu have confirmed the incident.
A member of his community said: “He lost his life at Nkpor Junction, Idemili North Anambra State Tuesday 28/9/2021 when he came to Anambra to Receive Award for the Late Amazon, Prof Dora Akunyili.”
“Agbalanze (his traditional title) was killed by Unknown Gunmen. May the Lord console Akunyili family and Ndi Agulu in general,” the source said.
The late Dr. Chike Akunyili until his death, was the Medical Director of St. Leo Hospital Enugu.
He also was an established academician, medical director and one who had contributed to the development of healthcare in Nigeria.