How Dora Akunyili’s husband was killed as Kaduna shut down telecommunication

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Yet to be identified gunmen has murdered Chike Akunyili, the husband of the late Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dora Akunyili on Tuesday, in Anambra state.

According to reports on Wednesday, Dr. Akunyili was shot dead while returning to Enugu from an event to honour his late wife.

His son, Obumneme Akunyili, confirmed the incident to BBC Igbo on Tuesday.

Residents of the South-east said the medical doctor was killed by gunmen suspected to be members of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The militant group has vowed that the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State will not hold and has been blamed for a series of attacks on politicians and their supporters campaigning for the election.

The armed group, which has been accused of attacks on police stations and other security agencies in the region, is also using violent means to enforce a sit-at-home order, which it has decreed for every Monday in the five South-east states.

The late Dora Akunyili’s husband, Dr. Chike Akunyili was allegedly killed by unknown gunmen on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

In a related development, in the bid to check the activities of bandits in the state, the Kaduna State Government has directed telecommunications companies to suspend their services in the state from September 30.

The State’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said this while addressing journalists in Kaduna on Wednesday.

He also said the use of motorcycles for transport services has also been suspended across the state.

Aruwan said the state government has formally requested the Federal Government to enforce the shutdown of telecom services in parts of the state identified by security agencies as requiring such measures.

The Commissioner said other security measures earlier announced by the state government remain in place and urged the residents to comply with the directives.

The state government had earlier said it had no plan to shut down telecoms network despite the spike in crimes.

Kaduna joins northern states like Zamfara and Sokoto who have initiated a similar measure to curb banditry and rising insecurity.

Chike and the scene of assassination

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