President Muhammadu Buhari said his government will ensure that those who killed All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain Ahmed Gulak are brought to justice.
Buhari spoke in a statement by his spokesperson Garba Shehu titled ‘President Buhari expresses outrage, sadness over Gulak’s murder.’
Gulak, a former Special Adviser on Political Matters to former President Goodluck Jonathan, was killed in Owerri, Imo state, on Sunday.
Sources said he was ambushed while on his away to the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo airport.
His motorcade was reportedly attacked at a place called Obiagwa, close to the airport.
“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,” Shehu quoted Buhari as saying.
“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.”
A spokesperson for the police in the state, Bala Elkana, in a statement, said six bandits were behind the murder.
Elkana said Gulak left his hotel room in Owerri on Sunday to catch a flight without informing the police despite the security situation in the state.
The statement read, “On May 30, around 7.20am, bandits intercepted and attacked a Toyota Camry cab taking Ahmed Gulak and two others who were on their way to the Sam Mbakwe Airport to catch a flight.
“Ahmed Gulak left his room at Protea Hotel without informing the police or 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 bandits, who were 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, has directed a discreet investigation into the matter as tactical and special forces have been deployed to cordon off the area and arrest perpetrators.”