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The Fury Of A Nigerian President

By Stephen Ubanna

Angered by the gruesome murder of Ahmed Gulak, an Adamawa state  born top politician and one –time Special Adviser on Plotical Matters, to former President Goodluck Jonothan,  by unknown gunmen at Owerri, Capital of Imo state, while heading to the Sam Mbakwe Airport on Sunday May 30, 2021,, to catch a flight,  President Muhammadu Buhari , a retired Army General , has vowed ‘’to deploy  all  the resources  at the government  disposal  to ensure  that such  callous acts by the Criminal elements  are brought to Justice’’. 

An aggrieved Katsina state born Nigerian President had said that the intention of the Killers of late Gulak’s  may not be unconnected with their plan ‘’ to  undermine the  peace , unity and territorial integrity of the country ‘’, Indeed, the killing of the Adamawa Politician in Imo state  in the southeast  geopolitical region other than Adamawa, his home state, in the north east geopolitical region,  was a clear indications that no part of the country is safe at present  because of the rising insecurity.

Gulak: Victim Of A Killer Gang In Owerri, Imo State

The Gulak killers were said to have intercepted and  attacked  a Toyota Camry  cab carrying him on their way  to the Imo Imo  Airport to catch a flight. He was said to have left his Protea Hotel room without informing  the Police  or sister agencies Authorities  in the state  in view of the  fragile  security situation  in the south east state , and Imo state in particular, which may have exposed him to danger.

He was said to have left the Protea Hotel premises  and entered the road heading  to the Sam Mbakwe Airport,  without any police escorts. The cab driver have taken an irregular route  to beat the traffic in the Owerri  to the Airport but got it wrong. Gunmen who were said to have trailed  them from the Protea Hotel, but who rode in a Toyota Sienna had intercepted and the cab carrying the Adamawa state born Politician   around Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpbala Local government  Area close to the Airport.

Baba: Acting IGP, Proves That He Is Truly A Detctive As Gulak Killers Were Traaked And Fatally Injured In A Shoot Out At Afor Enyiugu Junction At Aboh Mbaise, LGA, Of Imo State

Note that  with the mandate   given to Usman Alkali Baba, the acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, by the the Katsina state born Nigerian President to fish out the Gulak killers and  Who  in turn was said to have directed  Abutu Yaro, the Imo state Commissioner of Police,  working with  Force Headquarters   Tactical and  Special Forces  were said have cordoned off the location where the attack on the All Progressive Congress, APC, Chieftain took place  in order to arrest he perpetrators of the dastard act.   

Informed sources told The Value News that information volunteered by the driver of the cab conveying  the late Gulak  to the Sam Mbakwe Airport,  which gave a vivid description of   the killer gang  and the vehicles used for the operation may have  helped the security Operatives to track the killers .

 Further leads showed that    they were able to establish the location of the suspects. This may have the police investigation team to round them up at  at Afor Enyiogugu  junction  at Aboh –Mbaise  Local government  Area of the state. They were said to have been caught distributing onions   to natives from a trailer which they had confiscated coming from the northern part of the country to market at Owerri.

The APC Chieftain killers may have known that the game was up when they sighted  Acting IGP Baba’s m,en coming towards the direction of the tugs hired to  provide  security  coverage  to those that were sharing  the stolen onions.  Aware that there is no escape route, they were said to have opened fire on the police team, who did not hesitate in responding to the attack. The heavily armed fierce looking policemen, were said to have fally injured  the six  members of the killer gang who were said to have carried out the attack on late Gulak and  four other members of the gang during a shootout.

An eyewitness account said they were killed by the police Crack Team.  Three of the four of the vehicles used by the killer gang  in attacking Gulak  were said to have been recovered in the process. This is bad news for the Owerri  killer gang in Imo state and their sponsors as their  days are numbered because they have played into the police hans.      

 The gruesome murder of Late Gulak had confirmed  the rumours making the rounds that from the south east states of Abia, Anambra, Eboyi, Enugu, Imo, where people are under the threat of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and their armed wing, Eastern Security Network, ESN to the north west states of Zamfara, described as home  of the  Bandits, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi and the north east states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, which is under the  threat of the Islamic Fundamentalist Group, BokoHaram, now gradually being replaced by the Islamic state of the West African Province. ISWAP, The story is the same: insecurity.

 The situation is not different in Niger, home state of retired General Ibrahim Babangida, a former military President, where the Bandits from the north west state of Kaduna had extended their operations into and the north central state of Benue and Plateau,  where the Bandits, operating in the guise of armed  herdsmen have infiltrated  to wreak havoc by constantly killing the people in their farms in order to cause a reprisal attack and trigger off, crisis in the states and throw the country into total confusion.

 There is no gain saying the fact  that with the attack and eventual murder of the Adamawa state born politician in Imo state,  the security architecture  in the country needs further appraisal  to detect  where there is in fracture and amendment  in order  to guarantee security of lives and properties.

While the police Authorities   had beamed their searchlight on the IPOB and the ESN,, in in the south east states  and other Criminal gangs in the region,  Garba Shehu, senior Special Assistant to the Nigerian President on Media and Publicity , who had appeared on Channels Television,Sunday Politics Live Programme,  on May 30, 2021,  had made Nigerians to believe  that BokoHaram had disappeared and fused into ISWAP in 2014. He had said that the new dominant terrorist group has targeted military formations, civilians, religious centers among others in  their attacks.

He had said that  the ISWAP group is funded, and its fighters armed and trained by  the  Libyan rebel soldiers and ISIS, of Syria including the Islamic state of Iraq, noting that this has thrown a big challenge not only to Nigeria but the member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, which includes Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon. This is in addition to Sudan, Libya, Algeria and Mali, which were said to have been admitted into  the  Commission  because  of their proximity to the Lake Chad Basin.

Shehu, who had described ISWAP, as a big threat to the entire West African sub-region as they have agreedd to mobilise resources in tackling the menace together. Given an insider  formation of  ISWAP, which split from BokoHaram in 2016, and which  had become a dominant threat  in Nigeria attacking troops  and military bases as well as   kidnapping travelers at checkpoints as the Bandits operating in the north west  states of Zamfara, Kaduna ,and Katsina, including the north central state of Niger do to collect ransom from the state governments to buy arms to sustain the tempo of their operations may have informed  why security had been tightened up in the region.   

Stephen Ubanna

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