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.