The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said its members did not attack and murder Ahmed Gulak, an ex-special adviser on Political Matters to former president Goodluck Jonathan.
IPOB made the rebuttal in a statement issued by Emma Powerful, its spokesperson, following allegations that the group attacked the former presidential aide.
Gulak was shot to death on Sunday by unknown gunmen suspected to be armed bandits, according to the Imo State Police Command.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain was said to have been attacked by the gunmen around Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State, close to the Sam Mbakwe Airport road in Owerri, the state capital.
But reacting, IPOB noted that accusing it of murdering Gulak is tantamount to blaming it when “terrorists in security uniform commit various atrocities in South-East”.
According to the proscribed group, blaming IPOB for the murder is a tactic towards diverting attention from the real masterminds, insisting that the late politician did not have anything in common with it.
The group, therefore, called on security agencies to investigate the incident.
The statement read: “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the untenable allegation by the security agencies that IPOB was responsible for the assassination of former presidential aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak on his way to Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri Imo State.
“We, therefore, state without equivocations that IPOB knows nothing about the said assassination. In the first place, what threat did the late Gulak constitute to our cause to warrant his elimination? We had nothing in common with him and could not have in any way killed him.
“Pointing accusing fingers at IPOB for this barbaric act is only meant to divert attention away from the real masterminds. This is the same way terrorists in security uniform commit various atrocities in South East and turn around to blame IPOB for their crimes just to tarnish our global reputation.
“Instead of the security agencies to properly investigate the incident and possible factors, they switched to accuse IPOB of a crime we know nothing about. Did IPOB have the itinerary of the late Gulak to have waylaid him at the airport?
“Before linking IPOB with the crime the jaundiced zoo security agencies should have first investigated Gulak’s host, Hope Uzodima, as well as his political opponents to establish their possible involvement.”
Noting that it is “only after the restoration of Biafra” and not the assassination of politicians, IPOB asked the Presidency to “institute an independent panel of inquiry to investigate the incident and expose those behind this gruesome murder of an innocent man”.