The murdered chieftain of the All Progressives Congress,Ahmed Gulak, was advised against going to Owerri, Imo state capital, for the public hearing on constitution review.
Candidreporters gathered that despite being warned against the trip, Gulak insisted, noting that “we are all Nigerians”.
Gulak was the lead consultant on the public hearing in Owerri, the host city for Imo and Abia states.
An insiders revealed that “Nobody was interested in being deployed to Owerri but Gulak offered to go. He was initially meant to go to Gombe but he decided against it when it appeared no one was keen on going to Owerri.
“We prevailed on him not to go, but he was hellbent on carrying out the assignment, despite the fact that consultants from the south-east turned down the assignment.”
Gulak was shot dead by gunmen on Sunday while returning to Abuja from Owerri.
According to the police, he left his hotel for the airport without any security personnel, after which six “armed bandits” ambushed his car at Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala LGA and shot him.
Bala Elkana, Imo state police spokesperson, had said the perpetrators are members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) — an IPOB security outfit.
Elkana said the intelligence response team (IRT), mobile police force, and tactical units from the command trailed and killed the attackers.
IPOB has since denied the allegation and challenged the government to set up an independent panel of inquiry to investigate the incident.
IPOB statement reads: “We, therefore, state without equivocations that IPOB knows nothing about the said assassination. In the first place, what threat did the late Gulak constitute to our cause to warrant his elimination? We had nothing in common with him and could not have in any way killed him,” Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesman, had said.