The Imo State police command has said the late Ahmed Gulak, former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, was leaving for the airport without security escorts when he was killed on Sunday.
The command’s spokesperson, SP Bala Elknana, said this in a statement signed by him.
According to him, the politician left Protea Hotel for the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, without informing the police or other security agencies, despite the insecurity in the state.
He, however, disclosed that Abutu Yaro, the commissioner of police in the state, has “directed a discreet investigation” into the matter.
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“On the 30/5/2021, at about 07:20 am 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 the 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, has directed a discreet investigation into the matter as tactical and special forces have been deployed to cordon the area and arrest perpetrators,” the statement added.