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One year after, Imo police claim arrest of Ahmed Gulak’s ‘killer’

By Collins Osuji, Owerri
28 June 2022   |   2:43 am
Operatives of Imo State Police Command have arrested one Anosike Chimobi, 38, from Umuedo, Ahiazu Mbaise Local Council of the state for his alleged involvement in the murder of Alhaji Ahmed Gulak.

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Operatives of Imo State Police Command have arrested one Anosike Chimobi, 38, from Umuedo, Ahiazu Mbaise Local Council of the state for his alleged involvement in the murder of Alhaji Ahmed Gulak.

  
The late Gulak was a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a former political adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan.  
      
He was gruesomely murdered along Sam Mbakwe Airport road on May 30, 2021.
    
Parading the suspect at the Command’s Headquarters, Owerri, Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ahmed Barde, who spoke through the Command’s spokesperson, Michael Abattam, said Anosike was arrested on June 20, through credible intelligence.
   
The Command disclosed that the suspect upon interrogation confessed to; being among the IPOB/ESN terrorist that murdered Ahmed Gulak on May 30, 2021, along Imo State Airport Road and being involved in the burning of Aboh Mbaise, Ahiazu Mbaise, Ezinihitte Mbaise, Ihitte-Uboma and Obowo police stations.
   
He also allegedly confessed to being among the IPOB/ESN terrorists, who attacked the onions truck at Enyiogwugwu junction, Aboh Mbaise Local Council of Imo State on May 30, 2021, and involvement in the attack and murder of many police officers and collection of their service rifles.
    
The suspect also confessed to the kidnap of one Jude Nwahiri at Eke Nguru Junction Aboh Mbaise L.G.A Imo State, under the Command of one Ebube Uche Madu, aka virus, who is on the Command’s wanted list.

MEANWHILE, the statement was contrary to the police’s position on May 31, 2021, that the Command had arrested the suspected killers of Gulak.
 
Then Imo State Police Commissioner, Abutu Yaro, had in a statement, signed on his behalf by then Command’s spokesperson, Bala Alkana, said they acted on credible information before rounding up the assailants in Afor Enyiogugu Mbaise.

 
“Following a distress call received by the Command on the gruesome murder of Ahmed Gulak, Police Special Forces made up of Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Tactical Units from the Command were deployed to the scene.
 
“The teams were given a clear instruction to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of the act with a view to bringing them to justice.
 
“Eye eyewitness accounts, especially the account given by the driver of the vehicle that was conveying Ahmed Gulak to the airport before the attack, gave a vivid description of the assailants and the vehicles they used in carrying out the attack.
 
“The assailants were said to have used a silver-coloured Toyota Camry, a golden-coloured Toyota Sienna, a white coloured Toyota Hilux, and a Lexus RX 330 vehicle for the attack.
 
“Having established the identity of the assailants and the description of the vehicles used in carrying out the attack, the teams further got details of the direction the hoodlums have taken, and the team was able to establish the location of the suspects.
 
“The suspects were rounded up at Afor Enyiogugu junction in Aboh-Mbaise Local Council, where they were met distributing onions to locals from a trailer they confiscated.
   
“On sighting the police, the hoodlums providing security coverage to those sharing the onions opened fire on the police teams, but the gallant and battle-ready Police officers swiftly returned the fire.
   
“The six hoodlums, who carried out the killings and four other members of their gang were fatally injured, and three out of the four vehicles used in attacking Gulak were impounded.
 
“Three AK 47 rifles, one pistol, five AK 47 magazines with 92 rounds of live ammunition and criminal charms were recovered,” the statement read on May 31, 2021.

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