The police have confirmed the killing of a former presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak, in Owerri on Sunday morning by armed bandits.
A statement by the Police spokesperson in Imo State, Bala Elkana, said only Gulak was killed by the bandits in a vehicle he was riding to the airport.
According to the statement, Gulak left his hotel room in Owerri on Sunday morning to catch a flight at Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, without informing the police despite the security situation in the state.
It added that the state Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, had ordered a discreet investigation into the murder incident.
The statement read, “On the May 30, 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.
“The Commissioner of Police Imo CP Abutu Yaro, fdc has directed a discreet investigation into the matter as Tactical and Special forces have been deployed to cordone the area and arrest perpetrators.”
Gulak was the chairman of the APC committee that conducted the primaries for the Imo governorship election.