The State Security Service (SSS) has denied claims in some quarters that it killed Chike Akunyili, prominent medical doctor assassinated on Tuesday.
Mr Akunyili, husband to late former National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) Dora, had fire opened on his vehicle while traveling back to Enugu State from Onitsha, Anambra State.
In some sections of the media, reports fingered the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) and the self-styled Department of State Services (DSS).
While IPOB has denied involvement in the dead of the health expert, the secret police in a statement by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, on Wednesday described the allegation as “spurious and illogical.”
“The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to an allegation that its operatives killed Dr. Chike Akunyili,” Mr Afunanya said. “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.
“The public should therefore be wary of the false narratives by those desirous of using it (the Service) to cover up their heinous acts. The operations of these hostile elements are already well known in the public space and to the discerning. Moreover, their desperate effort to divert attention or deploy reverse psychology to deceive unsuspecting members of the public has become a stock in trade that has defined their patterns and trends. It is a matter of time before the law will catch up with them.
“Meanwhile, the Service and sister agencies will not relent in tracking down those behind the breakdown of law and order in parts of the country with a view to bringing them to justice,” the agency assured.