- The Imo State Police Command has recorded a breakthrough in tracing the suspects who allegedly attacked and killed Ahmed Gulak
-The command disclosed details of the operation that culminated in the killing of some of the suspects
- Nationwide condemnation has trailed the killing of Gulak who once served as an aide to a former president, Goodluck Jonathan
The Imo State Police Command has shot dead the suspects allegedly responsible for the assassination of Ahmed Gulak, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Bala Elkana, the spokesperson for the command in a statement via Facebook on Sunday, May 30, said operatives of the command’s tactical units, intelligence response team, and police mobile force killed the assailants during a gun battle.
The police disclosed that riffles, pistol, ammunition, and the vehicles the slain hoodlums used in killing the former presidential aide were recovered by the operatives.
How the suspects were traced
The police spokesperson said the killers were traced after eyewitnesses and Gulak's driver gave a vivid description of the assailants and the vehicles they used in carrying out the attack.
The police said:
''The assailants were said to have used a Toyota Camry 2005 model with silver color; Toyota Sienna 1998 Model with golden color; Toyota Hilux with white color; and a Lexus RX 330 with golden Color. (Registration numbers are withheld for security reasons).
''Having established the identity of the assailants and the description of the vehicles used in carrying out the attack, the teams further got details of the direction the hoodlums have taken. With further leads, the team was able to establish the location of the suspects.''
The police stated that the suspects were located at Afor Enyiogugu junction in Aboh-Mbaise local government area where they were found distributing onions to locals from a trailer they confiscated.
The confrontation with the hoodlums
According to the command, the hoodlums who were providing security coverage to those sharing the onions opened fire on the police teams on sighting them.
The police said its forces returned fire, killing six hoodlums who carried out the killing and fatally injuring four other members of the gang.
The command stated that the driver who drove late Ahmed Gulak identified the dead assailants as those who killed the politician.
In a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari described the death of Gulak as heinous and vowed that the murderers would not escape the long arms of the law.
The president also condoled with the families, friends, and relatives of the deceased and people of Adamawa state.