The Imo State Police command says it has killed gunmen suspected of murdering All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain, Ahmed Gulak earlier on Sunday.
Abutu Yaro, the state commissioner of police announced that the command’s Tactical Units, Intelligence Response Team, and Police Mobile Force killed the suspected assailants in a gun duel on Sunday evening.
Gulak was on Monday morning killed in Imo State while on his way to Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri.
A statement issued on Sunday night by the command’s Spokesperson, Bala Elkana, on behalf of the CP, disclosed that riffles, pistol, and ammunition were recovered from the slain suspects.
The statement also disclosed that the vehicles the slain hoodlums used in killing the former Presidential aide were recovered by the command.
He disclosed that the operatives overpowered the gunmen during the gun duel and two Armored Personnel Carriers used during the operation were riddled in bullets.
“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 (IRT), 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 teams were given a clear instruction to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of the act with a view of bringing them to justice,” the statement said.
“Eyewitness account, 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 Toyota Camry 2005 model with silver color; Toyota Sienna 1998 Model with golden color; Toyota Hilux with white color; and a Lexus RX 330 with golden Color. (Registration numbers are withheld for security reasons).
“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.
“With further leads, the team was able to establish the location of suspects. The suspects were rounded up at Afor Enyiogugu junction in Aboh-Mbaise Local Government Area. The hoodlums were met distributing onions to locals from a trailer they confiscated. The trailer was loaded with Onions from the Northern region of Nigeria.
“On sighting the Police, the hoodlums providing security coverage to those sharing the onions opened fire on the Police teams. 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. Three out of the four vehicles used in attacking Gulak were recovered.
“Three AK 47 Rifles, one Pistol, five AK 47 magazines with ninety two rounds of live ammunition and criminal charms were recovered. During the encounter, two of the police armored personnel carriers were riddled with bullets but survived the gun battle.
“The Commissioner of Police Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc commended the gallant effort of the team and admonished them to continue to protect the public space.”