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JUST IN: Ahmad Gulak shot dead by suspected IPOB militants in Imo

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A former political adviser of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmad Gulak, has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in Owerri, Imo State capital.

DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that Mr Gulak was killed while returning to Abuja from Owerri.

He was in the state as chairman of the APC committee for the conduct of the primaries for Imo governorship election.

TheCable ha earlier reported how Mr Gulak was declared missing after arriving in the state to supervise the exercise in October 2018.

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According to the report, Mr Gulak said he was  “kidnapped” alongside members of the panel, and that he was offered $2 million to influence the outcome of the primaries.

He had also alleged that Rochas Okorocha, then-governor of Imo state, forced members of the electoral panel to declare Uche Nwosu, his favourite candidate, as winner of the primary.

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An intelligence officer told PRNigeria that the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is behind the killing and the recent attacks on security personnel and their facilities in South-East.

The officer said that they had intercepted communication and videos where the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu had threatened death to anyone who fails to observe his sit-at-home order from May 29 to May 31, 2021.

“Why should Nigeria and the media continue to dignify IPOB by claiming that its continuous atrocities against the security services and Nigerians are executed by unknown gunmen when we have arrested their members confessing their involvements,” the officer said

Mr Kanu in the video broadcast which was also monitored by PRNigeria had declared that the sit-at-home will commence 6p.m. on Saturday till 6p.m. on Monday.

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He said 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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“From 6p.m. on the 29th, there will be no movement, this is not sit-at-home but no movement. If you are found outside from 6p.m. you are dead,” he said.

Mr Gulak, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, was killed in Owerri, Imo State capital on Saturday night.

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State and personal friend of Gulak, Dr Umar Arɗo, confirmed the incident on Sunday.

“Inna lillahi wa inna illaihi rajiuun. Allahu Akbar.

“I just confirmed the sad and gruesome death of my friend and classmate, the former Hon. Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, former Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President and former Special Adviser Political to President Goodluck Jonathan, Barr. Ahmadu Ali Gulak.

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“Barr Gulak was said to have been killed last night by unknown gunmen in Owerri, Imo State.

“May Allah (SWT) forgive his sins, bless his soul and reward his good deeds with Aljannah on the Day of Resurrection. May Allah (SWT) also give all his children, relatives, friends and loved ones, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. And may Allah (SWT) bless us with faithful deaths when it is our turn to die. Ameen.

“Please let all and sundry accept my heartfelt sympathy over this personal painful experience even as I draw solace that he lived a good, helpful and productive life, well illustrated by the fact that he died while in service of his dear country,” Ardo said

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