How Akunyili, eight others were killed in Onitsha

The Death of Dr. Chike Akunyili.

How Akunyili, eight others were slaughtered in Onitsha suburb by gunmen.

It was gathered that unknown gunmen had opened fire in the usually busy area at a time Akunyili was returning home to Enugu after receiving a post-humous award by the University of Nigeria Alumni Association on behalf of his late wife at the All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha.

Akunyili, in company of his driver and police orderly, left immediately after receiving his wife’s award and was seen off by his son, Obum who also attended the ceremony.

They took the old Onitsha-Enugu Road and ran into the gunmen who shot them dead at Nkpor, a suburb of Onitsha.

Those in the vicinity said the gunmen were probably attracted to his vehicle by the policeman sitting in front of the car and then opened fire on the occupants.

According to eye-witnesses, it was possible the gunmen did not know the identity of Dr Akunyili at the time he was shot. They also said  the gunmen killed three more persons, cut off the heads of three others before speeding off in a waiting vehicle.

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