The Imo State Police Command said it shot 10 members of the killer gang responsible for the death of a former presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak, in a gun-battle late on Sunday
Bala Elkana Imo state police command’s spokesman, said the Police Special Forces made up of Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Tactical Units were involved in the killing of the gunmen.
The Police said “the account given by the driver of the vehicle that was conveying Ahmed Gulak to the Airport before the attack”, helped in identifying the killers.
“The assailants were said to have used a Toyota Camry 2005 model with silver color; Toyota Sienna 1998 Model with golden color; Toyota Hilux with white color; and a Lexus RX 330 with golden Color. (Registration numbers are withheld for security reasons),’ he said.
The Police spokesman added that the suspects were rounded up at Afor Enyiogugu junction in Aboh-Mbaise Local Government Area where they were distributing onions to locals from a trailer they had confiscated.
“On sighting the Police, the hoodlums providing security coverage to those sharing the onions opened fire on the Police teams. The Gallant and battle ready Police Officers swiftly returned the fire. The six hoodlums who carried out the killings and four other members of their gang were fatally injured. Three out of the four vehicles used in attacking Gulak were recovered.
“Three AK 47 Rifles, one Pistol, five AK 47 magazines with ninety two rounds of live ammunition and criminal charms were recovered,” he said.
Elkana disclosed that the assailants were identified as members of the proscribed IPOB and ESN, adding that the driver who drove late Ahmed Gulak and a co-victim who survived have all identified the dead body of the IPOB/ESN members positively as their attackers and also identified the three vehicles recovered as those used by the attackers.
“During the encounter, two of the police armored personnel carriers (APC) were riddled with bullets but survived the gun battle.