Unknown gunmen have killed Ahmed Gulak, a former aide to former president Goodluck Jonathan, in Imo State.
Gulak 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, on Sunday.
It was gathered that the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain was trailed from his hotel room and the vehicle in which he was travelling in – a Toyota Camry marked: Texas BFT 2150 – to the spot where he was killed, which is close to the airport.
Bala Elkana, the Public Relations Officer of the Imo Police Command, confirmed the incident in a statement.
According to the police, Gulak left his hotel room in Owerri on Sunday morning to catch a flight at Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri.
The police said Gulak left his hotel without any security detail in spite of the high spate of insecurity in the state and was intercepted by six armed bandits.
The statement read: “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.
Elkana stated that the Imo Commissioner of Police, 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”.
In April 2014, Gulak was sacked as Jonathan’s special adviser on political matters but the former Nigerian leader did not give any reason for his dismissal.
He resigned – some days later – as the national coordinator of the Goodluck Support Group (GSG).
In January 2016, Gulak, a former member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had declared himself as the national chairman of the party following the crises that rocked the PDP.
About four years later, in February 2018, he defected from the PDP to the APC, citing “impunity” and “injustice” in the former as the reason for his departure.
He was the chairman of the APC committee that conducted the primaries for the Imo governorship election.
He had been declared missing after arriving in the state to supervise the exercise in October 2018.
He later said he was “kidnapped” alongside members of the panel, and that he was offered $2 million to influence the outcome of the primaries.