Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has alleged that the killing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Ahmed Gulak, is a clear indication of political assassination.
WUZUPNIGERIA reported that Gulak, who was a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, was shot dead in Imo by unknown assailants on Sunday while on his way to Abuja.
Uzodinma expressed shock at the news of Gulak's killing and vowed that all resources would be utilised to ensure that the killers, who according to the police are men of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) of the secessionist group – Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), and their sponsors do not escape their deserved punishment.
The governor expressed condolence to the deceased's family while speaking at a media briefing on Monday, according to The Cable.
Uzodimma said: "I was shocked to my marrows when the sad news of his callous murder was broken to me. I was getting ready to go to church when the sad news came and I could not attend the service again. It was simply one of the most devastating news I have had in my life and I am yet to recover from the shock," he said.
"Alhaji Ahmed Gulak was in Imo State for a national assignment. He came to Owerri with the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendment. Being a humble man, he chose to travel incognito according to his friend who was with him.
"Someone must have trailed him from the hotel to the airport. That is exactly why his gruesome murder appears to be a clear case of political assassination.
"According to reports by the police, he was shot in cold blood and the assailants did not remove a pin from him. It is most benumbing that people chose to waste such innocent blood in such a dastardly and cowardly manner.
"Let me make it very clear that everything will be done by security agencies to find those who murdered Gulak and their sponsors. They will not by the grace of God escape their deserved punishment.
"This is not in our character as Ibos, not in our tradition nor in our culture. We must condemn this callous act."