Ahmed Gulak, a former political adviser to former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, has been assassinated in Owerri, Imo State capital, Southeast Nigeria.
Police in the state have attributed his death to driving alone without police escort despite the rising insecurity challenges in the region.
Gulak was shot dead on his way to the airport to catch a flight to Abuja from Owerri, on Saturday night, police said in a statement on Sunday.
According to the police, six armed persons riding in a Toyota Sienna, intercepted him around Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area close to the Airport.
The motive behind Gulak’s assassination was yet to be determined but “a murder inquiry had begun,” Bala Elkana, the police spokesperson in the state, said.
His political party, APC is yet to issue any official statement on his death.
Gulak once belonged to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria. He joined the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) party after his principal lost the 2015 presidential election to the incumbent Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
In 2019, he oversaw the APC governorship primary as the committee chairman in the state. The event later produced the incumbent Governor of the state, Hope Uzodinma, as the candidate of the party.
He was once the Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly.
Imo State is one of the Southeastern states experiencing violent clashes between Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) separatist fighters and security operatives.
The group, proscribed in 2017, is seeking to secede from Nigeria to take control of the Southeast and South-south regions.
Security forces have accused IPOB members of attacking police and correctional facilities and killing their officers in Imo State.
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