- Governor Uzodimma of Imo state has berated former aviation minister, Fani-Kayode, over his comments on Gulak's murder
- The Imo state governor accused the PDP chieftain of insinuating that he does not want the killers of Gulak exposed
- Uzodimma, however, issued some important update about the suspected assassination and Gulak's mission in the southeast state
Owerri, Imo state - Governor Hope Uzodimma has said the Imo state government and the police are determined to ensure that the investigation into Ahmed Gulak’s murder is not jeopardised.
He said on Wednesday, June 2, that everything would be done to bring all those behind Gulak’s killing, whoever they are, to justice.
The Guardian reported that the Imo governor said this in a statement issued by his media aide, Oguike Nwachukwu, in response to comments made by former aviation minister, Femi-Fani Kayode, over the tragic incident.
He accused the former minister who is also a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of wanting to make gains out of the unfortunate incident and questioned his character, Daily Trust also reported.
The statement reads in part:
“The police have risen to the occasion, killing some members of the IPOB/ ESN they said were behind Gulak’s murder and progressing positively in their investigation on the matter to unravel others.
“The police are as determined as every well-meaning Nigerian, including the Federal and Imo State Governments, to ensure that investigation into Gulak’s murder is not jeopardised."
The Imo governor who was enraged by Fani-Kayode's comments published on his Facebook page said the former minister would not “benefit” from Gulak's assassination.
Gulak was killed on Sunday morning, May 30, on his way to the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport.
Among others, Fani-Kayode had asked in the post why the Imo governor did not provide security for Gulak and provide him with a car to drop him at the airport.
He also asked why Governor Uzodimma "quickly" said it (Gulak's death) was a political assassination within 24 hours of the incident.
Gulak not my guest in Imo - Uzodimma
However, the Imo state governor said Fani-Kayode made in the post insinuations that suggest he does not want those behind Gulak’s assassination unveiled.
He explained that information available to the public had indicated that Gulak was not his guest as of the time he was killed but had come to the state on the invitation of the organisers of the 1999 Constitution Review Committee of the Senate as a consultant.
Fani-Kayode reacts again
Meanwhile, Fani-Kayode has also issued another response to the statement by the Imo state governor.
In a post on his Facebook page, the PDP chieftain asked again why Governor Uzodimma and the Imo state government did not simply answer the questions he raised instead of attacking him.
The post reads:
"Instead of attacking me why doesn't Governor Hope Uzodinmma and the Imo State Government simply answer the questions that I raised?
"It appears that I have rattled their cage. If you have no skeleton in your cupboard why are you so badly shaken by my innocent questions?"
Governor Wike speaks
In another related development, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has said Governor Uzodimma is giving the impression that he knows about the circumstances surrounding Gulak's death by pronouncing the killing as a political assassination.
The Rivers state governor made the statement in an interview with Channels Television on Monday, May 31.
He asked his Imo state counterpart to allow security operatives to conclude their investigation before attributing the murder of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain to a political assassination.