Tayo AFOLABI

 

Former Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra said heartless and incessant killings in the country requires a collective attention between the people and government.

Obi spoke on Wednesday with newsmen at the palace of the Traditional Ruler of Agulu Community, Igwe Innocent Obodoakor while reacting to Tuesday killing of Dr Chike Akunyili and seven others.

The former Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections said: “It is a sad situation and nobody can tell the reason our society degenerated to this level.

Obi lamented, that the development portends grave danger, if not urgently arrested.

“The only solution to this problem is a collective attention between the people and government,” he said.

He said he had spoken to late Akunyili’s child abroad and other members of his immediate family.

Obi thanked the police for taking the bodies of the deceased to the hospital after the attack.

In his reaction, Agulu traditional ruler, Igwe Obodoakor, described the murder as “a heartless and very condemnable act”.

Obodoakor added that  the deceased was “a peace-loving man and a great son of Agulu Community, who could not hurt anybody.

“This is very terrible news and I never believed that this type of thing will take place in this state”, he said.

The royal father recalled that the community had suffered seriously in the hands of death.

He cited the untimely death of the former Minister of Information and wife of the deceased, Prof. Dora Akunyili, and regretted that their children had suddenly been made orphans.

The two prominent men said the incident had thrown the entire Agulu community into mourning.

They appealed to security agencies in the country to help uncover those behind the dastardly act.

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