The Imo State Police Command has confirmed the death of All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain, Ahmed Gulak, revealing that he was assassinated by “six armed bandits” in Owerri, Imo State capital on Sunday.
The New Diplomat had earlier reported that Muneera Gulak, the daughter of Gulak, who was a presidential aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan had also confirmed the news of her father’s death on Sunday.
The police in a statement issued by the Imo State Police spokesperson, Bala Elkana, disclosed that Gulak was the only person killed by the bandits in a vehicle conveying him to the airport.
Elkana stated that Gulak had left his hotel room in Owerri on Sunday morning to catch a flight at Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri after reportedly meeting with leaders of some northern groups in Imo who had invited him.
The Imo police command noted that the APC Chieftain did not disclose his movement to security agencies in the state in spite of the worrisome security situation in Imo, a state that has become the hotbed of violent attacks and killings in recent months.
According to the statement, the state Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, has ordered a discreet investigation into the murder incident.
“On the May 30, at about 07:20hrs, armed bandits intercepted and attacked a Toyota Camry cab carrying Ahmed Gulak and two others who were on their way to Sam Mbakwe Airport to catch a flight.
“Ahmed Gulak left his room at Protea Hotel without informing the Police nor sister agencies in view of the fragile security situation in the South East and Imo in particular.
“He left without any security escorts and while the cab driver took irregular route to the airport, six armed bandits who rode in a Toyota Sienna intercepted, identified and shot at Ahmed Gulak at around Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area close to the Airport.
“The Commissioner of Police Imo CP Abutu Yaro, fdc has directed a discreet investigation into the matter as Tactical and Special forces have been deployed to cordone the area and arrest perpetrators.”
Before he joined the APC, Gulak had been a one-time National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).