…Those concerned in such despicable acts gained’t go free — Buhari
…We’ll declare Uzodinma persona non grata in North, if…. Arewa youths
…Gulak’s killing mindless, depraved – S-West govs;
…How he was killed – Police;
…Hold Gov Uzodimma accountable – IPOB
By Dayo Johnson, Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Chidi Nkwopara & Luminous Jannamike
THE safety scenario in Imo State deteriorated additional, yesterday, occasioning deep nationwide concern following the killing of Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former political adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, within the state, by unknown gunmen.
Imo State Police Command confirmed the dying of the politician in by way of Police Bulletin signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Bala Elkana.
It learn: “On May 30, 2021, at about 07: 20hrs, armed bandits intercepted and attacked a Toyota Camry cab, carrying Ahmed Gulak and two others, who have been on their option to Sam Mbakwe Airport to catch a flight.
“Ahmed Gulak left his room at Protea Hotel with out informing the police nor sister businesses, in view of the delicate safety scenario within the South-East and Imo particularly. He left with none safety escorts and whereas the cab driver took irregular path to the airport, six armed bandits who rode in a Toyota Sienna intercepted, recognized and shot at Ahmed Gulak at round Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area, near the Airport.
“The Commissioner of Police Imo State, Mr. Abutu Yaro, has directed a discreet investigation into the matter as Tactical and Special forces have been deployed to cordone off the area and arrest perpetrators.” The killing of Gulak elicited quick response from President Muhammadu Buhari, who vowed that these concerned within the murderous act wouldn’t go free.
Also, Arewa youths warned that they’d declare Governor Hope Uzodimma persona non grata within the North, if Gulak killers weren’t apprehended and dropped at justice simply because the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, mentioned the governor must be held accountable for the ugly growth.
Indeed, former President mourned Gulak, yesterday, as South-West governors mentioned his killing was mindless and depraved.
Efforts to get the Imo State Government to touch upon the difficulty have been but to bear fruits at press time. Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Mbadiwe Emelumba, didn’t choose or return calls to his common cell traces.
Vanguard remembers that the deceased APC chieftain, was chairman of the APC Committee that carried out the celebration’s governorship major in Imo State, in October 2018.
The information of his dying was made first made identified by his classmate, Dr Umar Ado, in a press release. The assertion didn’t say what took him to Imo, unconfirmed sources mentioned that he was in Imo on the invitation of some northern teams within the state.
It learn partly: “I simply confirmed the unhappy and ugly dying of my pal and classmate, the previous Hon. Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, former Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President and former Special Adviser Political to President Goodluck Jonathan, Barr. Ahmadu Ali Gulak. “Barr Gulak was mentioned to have been killed final evening by unknown gunmen in Owerri, Imo State. “May Allah (SWT) forgive his sins, bless his soul and reward his good deeds with Aljannah on the Day of Resurrection.
“May Allah (SWT) additionally give all his kids, kinfolk, buddies and family members, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. And could Allah (SWT) bless us with devoted deaths when it’s our flip to die.’’
Hold Gov Uzodinma accountable — IPOB
Reacting to Gulak’s dying, the IPOB, in a press release by its Spokesman, Emma Powerful, mentioned that Governor Uzodinma must be held accountable for what it described as a “professional assassination”, including that IPOB members weren’t accountable for the killing.
He additional charged Governor Uzodinma to reveal how Gulak died with out additional delay as a result of “right this moment is just not sit-at-home. People are going to church and this was why we shifted the date to tomorrow. This is political assassination; we’re not in the identical celebration as Gulak.
“Uzodimma and APC know about Gulak’s death, we do not know anything about his movement, talk more of him being in Imo State. Nigerians believe this because they hate IPOB, Biafra.”
Those concerned in such despicable acts gained’t go free—Buhari
However, President Buhari, in a press release issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja, warned that these concerned within the ugly homicide of Gulak is not going to escape the wrath of the legislation. President Buhari mentioned that authorities would deploy all assets at its disposal to make sure that such callous and felony components have been dropped at justice.
Expressing outrage and disgust over what he described as “the heinous murder of the Adamawa politician, Ahmed Gulak in Owerri, Imo State by yet to be identified gunmen,” the Presiodent mentioned: “I’m repulsed by such premeditated and gruesome murder of Gulak by evil people who are determined to undermine the peace, unity and territorial integrity of our country. “Let me warn, however, that nobody or group of people who engages in such despicable acts should expect to go free. We will deploy all resources at our disposal to ensure that such callous and criminal elements are brought to justice.”
He expressed his condolences to the household of the deceased, the individuals and authorities of Adamawa State in addition to his buddies and associates all around the nation.
Jonathan mourns, says it’s a painful loss
In like method, former President Jonathan, in a press release by Ikechukwu, his Special Adviser on Media, expressed shock over the dying of his former political adviser, Ahmed Gulak.
The former President described Gulak’s dying as a painful loss, noting that the deceased was a loyal public servant and devoted patriot.
“I obtained with shock the dying of Alhaji Ahmed Gulak who died on Sunday, thirtieth May 2021, in Owerri, Imo State. Gulak was a loyal public servant and devoted patriot who gave his all in service to his nation. His dying is a painful loss to me and lots of others who labored and interacted with him. “He might be remembered for his modest contributions to the expansion of our nation’s democracy, particularly his memorable days each as a skillful speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly and political adviser in our administration.
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“My deepest condolences to his household, the federal government and the individuals of Adamawa state, who’re certain to really feel the lack of this eminent and patriotic Nigerian,’’ he mentioned.
We’ll declare Uzodinma persona non grata in North, if… — Arewa youths
Pained by the homicide of Gulak, Arewa youths underneath the aegis of the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria, yesterday, mentioned they’d declare Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, persona non grata, if he fails, after two weeks, to supply those that perpetrated the dastardly act.
The council in a press release by its National President, Dr. Isa Abubakar-Sadiq, additionally lamented the spate of wanton killings and destruction of public properties within the South-East geopolitical zone, and charged the Federal Government to fulfil its constitutional responsibility of offering safety for all.
The assertion learn partly: “The Imo State Governor should deliver the killers of Ahmad Gulak to justice or we declare him non grata in all the Northern soil. It is so pathetic and saddening that the continued killings and lawlessness happening within the Southeastern a part of Nigeria has remained unabated.
“The authorities of Imo State should give an account of those that killed Gulak. The continued killing of northerners and destruction of safety services within the state will not be tolerated.
“The Federal Government should rise to its constitutional duty of defending lives and properties and should act appropriately to keep away from escalation of this growth right into a full-blown civil battle.
“Government ought to take be aware that we are going to not permit the killers of Ahmed Gulak to go unpunished and the governor, who’s the chief safety officer of the state, should deliver the individuals concerned on this assassination to justice quickly.
“Let us state categorically that the Northern youths will do everything within their power to force the government of Imo State to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. “The Imo governor and other South-East governors should take note that we shall no longer accept the continued killing of northerners in their region. “Therefore, the governor of Imo has two weeks to investigate this killing, or we shall declare him persona non grata across the entire Northern soil.”
Gulak’s killing depraved – S-West govs
Chairman the South West Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, yesterday, described the killing of Gulak as mindless and depraved.
Akeredolu, in a press release, mentioned the killing of the APC chieftain was “shocking and disturbing.”
Responsible for the ugly homicide of a person who was a customer to the State. This is unacceptable. “This cowardly act is calculated to instigate Nigerians towards one another, significantly Northerners, towards the Igbo dwelling outdoors the South-East.
“We should confront the enemies of the individuals with a view to neutralizing them.
“This is unquestionably not the time for political correctness. Banditry shouldn’t be allowed to subvert the legitimacy of the present Government in any respect ranges.
“We name on all safety businesses to collaborate with a view to unveiling the felony components sponsoring and enterprise terrorist acts. they should be punished, severely.
“We need to use this medium to specific our solidarity with our brother Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma.
“We admonish him and different Governors within the South Eastern States to brace up, and confront the present safety problem to place an finish to the massacre within the land.
“The enemies of the people always employ the weapon of fear to create disaffection in the polity.”
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