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”.