Proscribed group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has washed its hands off the killing of chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmen Gulak, on Saturday in Ngor Okpalla, near Owerri by unknown gunmen.
This is also as northern youths have told the Imo Governor, Hope Uzodimma to ‘give account of those who killed Gulak.’
Gulak was shot dead close to the Imo airport on his way to board a flight to Abuja after reportedly meeting with State Governor, Hope Uzodimma.
IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, in a statement released, Sunday, described Gulak’s killing as a ‘political assassination.’
The IPOB spokesperson said the group needed to make the clarification against the backdrop of insinuations in several quarters claiming that IPOB may have been involved in the killing of Gulak, the APC chieftain and former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Matters.
The group also asked Nigerians to look in the way of Governor Uzodimma for answers to the killing of the Adamawa State-born politician.
“The Nigeria intelligence community has shown how unprofessional they are, today (Sunday) is not sit-at-home.
“People are going to church and this was why we shifted the date to tomorrow. This is political assassination; we are not in the same party with Gulak.
“Uzodinma and APC know about Gulak’s death. We do not know anything about his movement, talk more of him being in the state. Nigerians believe this because they hate IPOB, Biafra.”
The IPOB’s spokesperson, therefore, charged Governor Uzodinma to ‘come clean on the plot behind Gulak’s murder.’
Meanwhile, also reacting to the killing, Saturday, of Gulak, youths under the aegis of the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) have issued a two-week ultimatum to the Imo Governor, Uzodinma to bring the killers to justice, or face being declared a persona non grata in the entire northern soil, in addition to other reprisal measures that will follow.
In addition, the northern youth urged the federal government to rise up to its constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and property, so as to avoid the current situation from escalating to a civil war.
A statement by the group, Sunday, signed by its National President, Isah Abubakar, described as ‘pathetic and saddening’ the level of lawlessness in the South East region of the country, as it told the state governor to ‘give account of those who killed Gulak.’
“It’s so pathetic and saddening, the continuous killing and lawlessness going on in the South Eastern part of Nigeria. The government of Imo State must give an account of those who killed Gulak.
“The continuous killing of Northerners and destruction of security facilities in Imo State will no longer be tolerated.
“Let us state categorically that northern youths will do everything within their powers to force the government of Imo State to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. The Imo State Governor and other South East Governors should take note that we shall not accept the continued killing of Northerners and Northern elites in their region as we shall take revenge henceforth,” the group said.