Mr Mike Abattam, the public relations officer of the Imo state police command, disclosed this while briefing reporters on Monday, June 27, in Owerri, the state capital. The suspect identified as Anosike Chimobi from Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area (LGA) of the state was apprehended one year after Gulak’s death.
Gulak, a former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, was murdered by a group of armed men on May 30, 2021, during a visit to Imo state. He was reportedly trailed from his hotel room to the spot where he was killed around Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala LGA, close to the Sam Mbakwe Airport Road in Owerri.
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.
Chimobi, who also spoke with reporters, 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. The suspect 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.