The gunmen who allegedly killed former Goodluck Jonathan aide Ahmed Gulak last year on Ngor Okpala Airport Road in Owerri were paraded by Imo Police Command on Monday.
In comparison to those responsible for the bombing of Prof. George Obiozor, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the suspects at the Command’s Headquarters in Owerri have admitted to being members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN), according to Commissioner of Police Mohammed Barde .
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According to him, the Command detained Anosike Chimobi (age 28), of Umuedo Obohia in the Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area on June 20 after he admitted to being one among the IPOB/ESN militants who killed Gulak on May 30,2021.
He claimed that Anosike, who also participated in the burning of the police stations in Aboh Mbaise, Ahiazu Mbaise, Ezinihitte Mbaise, Ihitte-Uboma, and Obowo, confessed to being one of the terrorists from the IPOB/ESN group that ambushed the truck carrying onions at Enyiogwugwu junction in the Aboh Mbaise LGA shortly after killing Gulak
Anosike admitted to newsmen that some politicians were responsible for some of their crimes in the State when interacting with them.
The politician will occasionally meet with our commander, Ebube Uche Madu aka virus, but each time they come to talk with him, our leader will push us away, the man claimed.
Three additional suspects, Ifeanyi Awaenyi (28), Ahanotu Chimezie (24), and Axhazie Chukwudi (24), all from the Umuokwe Awo-Omamma, Oru-East LGA and the Obo Autonomous Community, Orlu LGA, respectively, confessed to being members of the syndicate that attacked and set fire to Obiozor’s home on March 19, 2022.
The suspects, who were detained in Lagos, are believed to be members of the same syndicate that kidnapped Chief Okoro Junior of Ubachima Awo-Omamma, Oru-East LGA on April 28 while the benefactor was visiting his hometown.
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Before being freed, the suspects demanded a N1 million ransom from the victim, according to Barde. He also stated that the suspects killed the victim’s police guard, Inspector Ado Ibrahim of the 43 PMF, before fleeing to Lagos and being apprehended by the Command’s Anti-kidnapping Unit.
One of the suspects detained in connection with the murder of Ahmad Gulak, Anosike Chimobi, has admitted to carrying out the crime.
On Monday, the police paraded Chimobi, who is from the Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo state.
Gulak, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, was assassinated on May 30, 2021, at Obiangwu, Imo State, while travelling to the airport, ostensibly to catch a trip to Abuja.
Gulak served as former president Goodluck Jonathan’s political advisor.
Speaking about the suspects, Mr. Mike Abattam, Public Relations Officer for the Imo State Police Command, stated that since Gulak’s murder, Chimobi had been on the command’s radar.
He claimed that immediately after they killed Gulak, the suspect got away after a gunfight between police officers and members of his gang at Aboh Mbaise.
He said that five of the suspects were murdered, nevertheless.
Chimobi, who identified himself as a commercial bus driver, insisted to reporters that he was not a part of the criminal organisation.
He claimed that the assassins of Gulak had approached him and wanted to take them somewhere in his car, but he had tried to fight them off.
He claimed that he later gave in after being threatened with death.
He did, however, acknowledge that he had driven the criminals to the scene and had stopped Gulak’s car as it was headed to the airport.
In describing how Gulak was slain, Chimaobi said that the APC leader was shot after he refused the gunmen’s request to get out of the car.
The thugs, according to Chimobi, eventually came across a group of security guards who fired repeatedly at the second vehicle carrying them until it flipped and caught fire.
Guns of various calibres, various charms, and live ammo are among the goods the police claim to have found from the suspects who were paraded before them, according to Abattam.