The Department of State Security Services, DSS, has pushed back at claims that it was responsible for the gruesome murder of Dr Chike Akunyili, the widower of the late former minister of Information and director general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Prof. Dora Akunyili.
Akunyili was killed on Tuesday evening at Nkpor in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State on his way from an event where he went to receive a posthumous award awarded his deceased wife.
His driver and a policeman attached to him were also murdered alongside four others by suspected hoodlums who were said to be shouting “No election in Anambra”.
Reports had attributed the vile act to members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who in turn laid the blame on the doorsteps of the DSS in a statement its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful released saying, “This is pure political assassination going on in Anambra State now and it has been perfected by Nigeria DSS. Security agents are doing this to paint IPOB black in the face of support and encouragement we are getting from our people.”
Reacting, the secret police denied killing Dr Akunyili.
It said via a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Dr. Peter Afunanya, “The attention of the Department of State Services has been drawn to an allegation that its operatives killed Dr. Chike Akunyili.
“Also, the Service was alerted to a social media video claiming that the “Nigerian DSS” murdered security escorts at Nkpor, Anambra State on 28th September, 2021.
“The Service hereby denies these allegations and wishes to clearly state that they are spurious and illogical. There was no basis for the DSS to kill the medical doctor and/or fellow law enforcement agents. The Service cherishes life and believes in the rule of law.”