Gunmen, alleged to be in military uniform, yesterday shot dead an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Ahmed Gulak, in Owerri, Imo State.
After the assassination, the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has called on Governor Hope Uzodimma to immediately bring the killers to justice.
The youths gave only fourteen days to perform the investigation or risk being declared persona non grata across the whole northern soil.
NYCN National President, Isah Abubakar, in a statement, said: “it’s indeed pitiful and saddened the continuous killing and lawlessness going on in the South East. Imo the State government must give an account of the people who murdered Gulak. The continuous killing of northerners and destruction of security facilities in Imo State will no longer be tolerated.”
It said the government should take notice that it would not permit the killers of Gulak to go ahead, stressing that the governor, who’s the chief security officer, should bring those involved with the assassination to justice.
The group urged that the Federal Government rise to its constitutional duty of protecting lives and property and behave appropriately to prevent the present situation from escalating to a civil war.
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Buhari outraged, says resources be deployed to fish outside perpetrators
In an announcement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari vowed that resources would be set up to fish outside the perpetrators.
“Let me warn however that group of men and women who engages in these despicable acts should expect to go free. We’ll deploy all resources at our disposal to make sure that these callous and criminal factors are brought to justice”
President Buhari expressed his”deep condolences to the family of the deceased, the people and government of Adamawa State in addition to his friends and partners throughout the nation.”
He had been reportedly double-crossed by the gunmen while driving from Enyiogugu Mbaise place to the airport in a Camry car marked Texas BFT 2150 and taken twice in the mind. He was said to have died on the spot.
The gunmen reportedly fled instantly and abandoned him and his car.
Gulak, former political advisor to former President Goodluck Jonathan, and former manager, Adamawa State House of Assembly, led the committee that conducted the controversial APC governorship leader in Imo State in 2019 which saw the development of Governor Uzodimma since the party candidate.
Confirming the incident yesterday, Imo State Police Command spokesman, Bala Elkana, in an announcement said bandits at the early hours of yesterday assaulted Gulak and others on their approach to the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri and killed him in the process.
The state police command said the APC chieftain abandoned his room at Protea Hotel, Owerri without advising the police and other safety agencies in the nation of his motion.
“Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, has directed a discreet investigation into the matter as tactical and special forces are set up to cordon the area and arrest perpetrators,” the authorities said.