Elendu Reports has been made aware of the reason for Ahmed Gulak’s visit to Owerri, the Imo State capital where he was assassinated Saturday evening.
According to sources at the Government House, the late Gulak was a guest of the governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma.
Gulak was invited by the state governor to interface with the Hausa community in Imo state on the vexing issue of herders-farmers clashes and insecurity in the state, Elendu Reports was informed.
The former presidential aide also had informal interactions at the Government House with some Federal lawmakers from the South East who were in Owerri for the Constitution review meetings.
There are speculations in the media that Ahmed Gulak was in Owerri for public hearing of the Constitution review. That is a cover for the real reason, which was for him to interface with the Hausa community in Imo state, a government source said.
Gulak spent his last days on earth at the Protea Hotel, Owerri where some senators who were in Owerri for the Constitution review were also lodged.
Some people with knowledge of the reason Ahmed Gulak was in Owerri have wondered why he was not provided the customary amenities of vehicle and security accorded high profile guests of the state government, especially in a situation where the South East is experiencing heightened insecurity.
A statement released by the Imo State Police Command rather than provide answers caused more consternation as it blamed Gulak for the attack on him.
According to the police statement signed by Bala Elkana, PPRO, Imo Police Command, “Ahmed Gulak left his room at Protea Hotel without informing the Police nor sister agencies in view of the fragile security situation in the South East and Imo in particular.
He left without any security escorts and while the cab driver took irregular route to the airport, six armed bandits who rode in a Toyota Sienna intercepted, identified and shot at Ahmed Gulak at around Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area close to the Airport.”
Prayers were held for the deceased politician at the National Mosque, Abuja on Sunday evening.