- The brutal assassination of APC chieftain, Ahmed Gulak in Owerri, the Imo state capital, continues to generate reactions
- The chief executive of the state, Senator Hope Uzodimma says the killing of the APC chieftain has a political undertone
- The governor also disagreed with the assertion of the Nigeria Police Force that the killing was carried out by IPOB
Owerri, Imo - Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state says the killing of Ahmed Gulak, a former presidential aide, has a political undertone.
Addressing a press conference in Owerri, the state capital, on Monday, May 31, Governor Uzodimma dismissed the claim of the Imo state police command that Gulak was killed by members of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
Excerpts of the press statement were sent to Legit.ng by Amaka Okafor, special adviser on new/ and electronic media to Governor Uzodimma.
The governor said:
“Alhaji Ahmed Gulak was in Imo state for a national assignment. He came to Owerri with the Senate committee on constitutional amendment. Being a humble man, he chose to travel incognito according to his friend who was with him.
“Someone must have trailed him from the hotel to the airport. That is exactly why his gruesome murder appears to be a clear case of political assassination.”
The governor described the death of Gulak as very painful, saying the politician was his very close friend.
“The death of this compatriot is a personal loss to me because he was an invaluable friend and brother whose sense of justice, fairness, and uprightness endeared him to me. I was shocked to my marrows when the sad news of his callous murder was broken to me.”
Meanwhile, Shehu Sani, a former senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, has reacted to the murder of Gulak.
The former lawmaker lamented that road travellings in some parts of the country have become a dangerous expedition and a hellish experience.
In a related development, the Northern Governors Forum has described the killing of Gulak as unfortunate and a criminal act that must be condemned.
Simon Lalong, chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau state, also warned against politicising issues surrounding the death which he said could lead to further violence.