BLOG: Suspect in Akunyili’s assassination attempt may be crowned monarch in Imo

In a rather shocking development, Chief  Marcel Nnakwe,  one  of the prime suspects in the 2003 failed  assassination attempt  on the life of former Information Minister, Prof. Dora  Akunyili,  may be made a traditional ruler in Imo State, following  the ongoing  review of 106 new autonomous  communities in Imo that ratified his new  Isialla Orlu autonomous community.

A  petition  by leaders of the parent community, under the aegis of Obibi Ochasi  Consultative Council  and signed  by its Chairman, Chief Kelvin Umeh, stated  that the administration of  former governor  Ikedi Ohakim had  attempted to grant  Chief Marcel  Nnakwe a staff  of office  as traditional  ruler,  after  Nnakwe  had preposterously declared four villages  that share  no common boundaries and   are geographically incongruous as  part of his Umuiheanyi Village to form his new autonomous  community of Isialla Orlu.

The document condemned  the carving out of  two  autonomous   communities  from Obibi Ochasi which,   in itself,   is a small  community of about  6000 inhabitants with no secondary schools, one small  market  and a non-functional  maternity  health centre.

The petition also noted that “ The village heads  of the four annexed villages of Amihie, Uhualla, Umugibujinnu and Umuezeala were not consulted by Nnakwe before  he set out to create  a Kingdom for himself to rule.”

Investigations, however, showed that Nnakwe, his son, Nnamdi and others were charged before an Abuja High Court with conspiracy and attempted murder of Prof.  Dora Akunyili, former Director-General of the  National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Abuja and Agulu in Anambra State in 2003.

They were also charged with the murder of a bus  driver, Emeka Oneikutu, when  Akunyili’s convoy was shot at in Agulu  and a prima  facie case was established, which is yet to be officially closed.

The  petition to Governor Rochas Okorocha also pointed  out  that relevant  documents  of vital disclosures, petitions and protests against  the activities of  Nnakwe in Obibi  Ochasi Community had always  mysteriously disappeared  from files under the state bureaucracy.

It added that it was regrettable and most unfortunate that the Orlu Council of Ndieze on July 20, 2012 admitted Nnakwe, “a notorious fake drug merchant of over 30 years running into their fold allegedly on the payment of a huge sum of money.”

He said, “NAFDAC was in court with Nnakwe in 1996 after his drugs were seized. He was also charged to court two times  in 1997 and in 1998. With four cases of massive seizure and four court cases at the time, Prof. Dora  Akunyili is still living  and one of those Nigerians who can explain Nnakwe’s propensity for illegality and lawlessness”.


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