The Imo state Police command has narrated how the former factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Gulak was gruesomely murdered in Owerri, the state capital.
Bala Elkana, a Superintendent of Police and the Police Public Relations Officer, Imo command in a statement said the All Progressives Congress Chieftain was killed by armed men on his way to the airport to catch a flight after leaving his hotel.
The police spokesman also said that Gulak was killed on Sunday morning around 7am and he never informed them nor sister security agents about his movement.
His murder might be politically motivated as the police spokesman said he was killed after he was identified by the assailants that intercepted the cab carrying him around Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area close to the Airport.
The statement reads:
“On the 30/5/2021, 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.
Recall that Gulak was in the centre of the controversial APC primaries that produced Hope Uzodimma as the Governor of the state.
After the primaries which the incumbent Governor then, Sen. Rochas Okorocha opposed vehemently, Gulak made the following statement:
“I don’t have any regret over any action I took during the primaries I conducted in Imo State. I don’t expect Okorocha to be happy with me either because I did not go to Imo to make him happy anyway. I went there to do my job and I did it to be best of my knowledge and ability, notwithstanding the tempting offer I got, but refused.
“I can walk the streets of Imo State, including Owerri with my shoulders high. I may not be perfect as a human being, but I did not go there to make him happy. Somebody who offered me up to $2 million to give certificate of return to his nominee, but I turned it down. How many people can turn such offer down? I would have given him the certificate and pocketed my money because it is money that you don’t go to court to retrieve, but my conscience will not be clear. For now, my conscience is very clear. I can move the streets of Owerri unmolested.Although it is over now, however, I can tell you that APC destroyed itself in Imo State. This is story for another day.”