Imo: Police confirm IPOB killed Gulak, eliminate militants, arrest others

Barely few hours after a former presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak, was shot dead by some gunmen in Owerri, the Imo State capital, while he was on his way to Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, some of the criminals responsible for his death have been killed by the combined efforts of several teams of Police Special Forces.

It was gathered that security operatives made a successful effort to track down the criminals following the interrogation of the deceased’s driver who was able to describe the vehicles of the hoodlums to be a Silver-coloured Toyota Camry 2005 model, 1998 Model Gold-colour Toyota Sienna, White-color Toyota Hi-Lux and Lexus RX 330, Gold colour.

The Imo State Police Command, while giving details on how Gulak was killed on Saturday night at Obiangwu junction, Ngor-okpala LGA of the State, said its Special Forces, PMF, IRT and Imo State Command Tactical Units immediately took swift actions to search neighbouring environment after the interrogation and were able to spot same vehicles previously mentioned by the driver at Afor Enyi-Ogwgu junction, in the same LGA.

“Luck ran out for the criminals as they were nabbed at Afor Enyi-Ogwgu, where they were seen causing further chaos, they had seized a trailer loaded with goods and reportedly shared the content to residents.

“A fierce gun battle ensued on the arrival of the Police teams as the hoodlums immediately opened fire after sighting the special forces, PMF and IRT.

“The Police team killed 10 of the Hoodlums during the gun battle while others escaped with bullet wounds in one of their vehicles; three other vehicles: Toyota Sienna, Toyota Hi-Lux and Toyota Camry were demobilised.

“Seven out of the ten criminals killed were completely burnt beyond recognition inside the Toyota Sienna and Hi-Lux vehicles which caught fire during the gun battle”, the Police stated.

There were earlier reports that IPOB militants killed Gulak following the sit-at-home order by their leader, Nnamdi Kanu. IPOB is alleged to be behind the killings and the recent attacks on security personnel and their facilities in the South-East.

Recall that Kanu had threatened death to anyone who fails to observe his sit-at-home order from May 29 to May 31.  In the video broadcast, Kanu had declared that the order will commence on Saturday till Monday, saying the order is compulsory and must be obeyed by all the people in the region. He warned that anyone seen outside will be killed. 

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