Abutu Yaro, the Commissioner of Police in Imo State, has announced that operatives from the command’s Tactical Units, Intelligence Response Team, and Police Mobile Force have killed the suspected killers of Ahmed Gulak, a former Presidential aide.
Gulak was killed on his way to Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport in Owerri on Sunday morning in Imo State.
On behalf of the CP, the command’s Spokesperson, Bala Elkana, issued a statement on Sunday night revealing that riffles, pistols, and ammunition were recovered from the slain suspects.
The statement also revealed that the command recovered the vehicles used by the slain hoodlums in killing the former Presidential aide.
During the gunfight, the operatives overpowered the gunmen, and two Armored Personnel Carriers used in the operation were riddled with bullets, according to him.
“On 30th May, 2021, following distress received by the Command on the gruesome murder of Ahmed Gulak, Police Special Forces made up of Intelligence Response Team, Police Mobile Force (PMF), and Tactical Units from the Command were deployed to the scene at Obiangwu Junction at Ngorokpala LGA of Imo state,” the statement read. The teams were given explicit orders to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of the act in order to bring them to justice.
“Eyewitness accounts, particularly that of the driver of the vehicle transporting Ahmed Gulak to the airport prior to the attack, provided a vivid description of the assailants and the vehicles used in carrying out the attack. The assailants were said to have used a Toyota Camry 2005 model in silver, a Toyota Sienna 1998 model in gold, a Toyota Hilux in white, and a Lexus RX 330 in gold. (For security reasons, registration numbers have been withheld.)
“After determining the identity of the assailants and the description of the vehicles used in the attack, the teams learned more about the hoodlums’ route. With additional leads, the team was able to pinpoint the location of the suspects. The suspects were apprehended at the Afor Enyiogugu intersection in the Aboh-Mbaise Local Government Area. The hoodlums were apprehended while distributing onions to locals from a trailer that had been confiscated. The trailer was loaded with onions from Nigeria’s northern region.
“When the hoodlums providing security for those sharing the onions spotted the police, they opened fire on the officers. The gallant and battle-ready Police Officers retaliated quickly. The six hoodlums who carried out the killings, as well as four other members of their gang, were killed. Three of the four vehicles used in the assault on Gulak were recovered. Three AK-47 rifles, one pistol, five AK-47 magazines containing 92 rounds of live ammunition, and criminal charms were seized. During the shootout, two of the police armored personnel carriers were hit with bullets but survived.
“The Commissioner of Police in Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc, praised the team’s valiant efforts and urged them to continue protecting the public space.”