By Jennifer John
Imo State Police Command says its operatives have arrested one of the suspected killers of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Gulak, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress political party who was murdered in cold blood about one year ago in Imo.
This was disclosed by the Public Relations Officer of the Imo State Police Command, CSP Michael Abattam who briefed newsmen on Monday in Owerri, the state capital.
Parading the suspects alongside others, Abattam said Chimobi had been on the trail of the command since the killing of Gulak last year.
He stated that the suspect escaped during a gun battle between police personnel and his gang members at Aboh Mbaise shortly after the murder of the APC chieftain where five of the suspects were killed.
However, while fielding questions from newsmen, Chimobi claimed to be a commercial bus driver and not a member of the criminal gang.
He said Gulak’s killers approached him to convey them in his vehicle and he attempted to resist, but later gave in after they threatened to kill him. He admitted that he drove the criminals to the spot and blocked Gulak’s vehicle which was on its way to the airport.
According to him, they shot the APC chieftain after he resisted the demand by the gunmen that he should come down from the vehicle.
Chimobi explained that the assailants later ran into a team of security operatives who shot repeatedly at the other vehicle conveying them until it somersaulted and caught fire.
Meanwhile Abattam also paraded other suspects who according to him, have been terrorising communities in the state, including members of the gang who burnt the home of the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Professor George Obiozor.
Some of the items recovered from the suspects included; guns of different calibres, assorted charms, and a live snake, among others.