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June 1, 2021 Source Reveals Last Warning Ahmed Gulak Received Before He Was Shot Dead

Source Reveals Last Warning Ahmed Gulak Received Before He Was Shot Dead

An exclusive report by The Cable claims that Ahmed Gulak, the murdered chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was warned against making the trip to Imo state where he was eventually shot dead.

Gulak’s death has, on one hand, been linked to the insecurity in the south-east, while some have described it as a political assassination.

The newspaper, citing a source, stated that Gulak offered to go to Owerri, the Imo state capital, for the public hearing on constitution review, despite the warning.

The late politician was said to have insisted on going on the trip, saying we are all Nigerians.

The insider said: “Nobody was interested in being deployed to Owerri but Gulak offered to go. He was initially meant to go to Gombe but he decided against it when it appeared no one was keen on going to Owerri. We prevailed on him not to go, but he was hellbent on carrying out the assignment, despite the fact that consultants from the south-east turned down the assignment.”

Gulak was shot dead by gunmen on Sunday, May 30, while returning to Abuja from Owerri. Meanwhile, the Imo state police command said it shot dead the suspects allegedly responsible for the assassination of the politician.

Bala Elkana, the spokesperson for the command in a statement via Facebook on Sunday, May 30, said operatives of the command’s tactical units, intelligence response team, and police mobile force killed the assailants during a gun battle.

The police disclosed that riffles, pistol, ammunition, and the vehicles the slain hoodlums used in killing the former presidential aide were recovered by the operatives. In a related report, the police said that the killers of Ahmed Gulak were members of the secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and its security arm, Eastern Security Network (ESN). Bala Elkana, the spokesperson for the Imo police command made the claim on Sunday, May 30.

Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that Governor Hope Uzodinma is giving the impression that he knows about the circumstances surrounding the death of Ahmed Gulak by pronouncing the killing as a political assassination. The Rivers state governor made the statement in an interview with Channels Television on Monday, May 31. He asked his Imo State counterpart to allow security operatives to conclude their investigation before attributing the murder of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain to a political assassination.

Source: Legit

June 1, 2021 Buhari advocates joint international efforts to tackle COVID-19

Buhari advocates joint international efforts to tackle COVID-19

By Ismaila Chafe

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for joint international efforts to tackle COVID-19, with spillovers into dwindling national economies that would require a global framework to ameliorate burden of struggling citizens, and re-ignite growth.

Mr Femi Adesina, the president spokesman in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said Buhari made the call at a ceremony to receive Letters of Credence from Ambassadors of Republic of Bulgaria, Mr Yanko Yordanou, and People’s Republic of China, Mr Cui Jianchun.

Other who presented their Letters of Credence included the High Commissioner of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr Muhammad Tayyab Azan, Ambassadors of Republic of Turkey, Mr Hidayet Bayraktar and Ukraine, Valerii Kirdoda, at the State House.

The president said: “As you all settle down to your solemn duties to promote your respective national values and interests through your countries’ foreign policy on Nigeria, you should rest assured that the Federal Republic of Nigeria will engage you as we all strive to relate through effective cooperation and collaboration to enhance our collective interests.

“As we are all aware, the pre-COVID-19 era was already faced with the challenge of attaining sustainable development. Some countries were even faced with additional challenges like securing their territorial integrity against violent non-state actors.

“The unprecedented crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has now caused far more serious setbacks to our quests for sustainable development; hence the need for international cooperation and collaboration to fight the disease, as no country is immune from its devastating effects on lives and livelihoods.’’

The president stressed the need for greater unity of purpose and concerted efforts to address common challenges such as climate change, terrorism, insurgency, population growth, highlighting their catastrophic impacts and why the challenges cannot be underestimated.

“These challenges underscore the need for the international community to work even more in concert with each other to collectively identify appropriate ways and manners to globally resolve these challenges,’’ he added.

He said bilateral relations between Nigeria and each of the countries were most cordial, adding that: “We still need to enhance these fraternal ties between our nations.’’

Buhari welcomed the Ambassadors to Nigeria, urging them to build on the successes of their predecessors, while assuring the government would continue to support their mission in Nigeria.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to Abuja, Nigeria, marking the formal assumption of your diplomatic responsibilities to your various countries, following the presentation of Letters of Credence that has just been concluded.

“This age-long tradition and practice enshrined in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations marks the official commencement of your functions as Principal Representatives of your respective countries,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the envoys, Ambassador of Bulgaria extended deep gratitude and appreciation for the reception on arrival in the country and State House, bringing the goodwill of the Heads of State.

Yordanou expressed the desire of the countries to continue working with Nigeria, assuring that the partnerships at various levels would be of progress and prosperity. (

Source: NAN

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