The Department of State Security Services, DSS, has denied assassinating Dr. Chike Akunyili, the husband of late Minister of Information, Dora Akunyili.
Naija News had earlier reported that gunmen had killed Dr Akunyili at Umuoji in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State on Tuesday evening.
It was gathered that Dr Akunyili had earlier visited the University of Nigeria Nsukka Alumni Association (UNAA) for an event before he was murdered.
In a statement on Wednesday, DSS spokesperson, Dr. Peter Afunanya, accused criminal elements of spreading false news to divert attention or deploy reverse psychology to deceive unsuspecting members of the public.
The statement read in full; “The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) 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.
“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.”