Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege has revealed what slain former presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak, went to do in Owerri, the Imo State capital before he was shot dead.
Mr Gulak was assassinated early Sunday morning while on his way to catch a flight returning to Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Shortly after his death was announced, the police said the All Progressive Congress (APC) caused his own death by moving around without security details.
Irked Nigerians began questioning what took the politician to the troubled state which has continued to record violent attacks by unknown gunmen waging war against security facilities and personnel.
In a statement on Monday, the top lawmaker said the deceased was in the state for the zonal public hearing on Constitution Review for the South East geo-political zone.
He said the slain politician, who was on a national assignment, is one of the consultants to the Senate Constitution Committee on Constitution Review.
“The death of Rt. Hon. Ahmed Gulak was a monumental tragedy that has shaken us as members of the Senate Constitution Review Committee to our bone marrow,” Mr Omo-Agege said. “As one of the consultants to the panel, he volunteered to go to Owerri for the zonal public hearing on Constitution Review. As a patriotic Nigerian, he died on national service.
“I pray that Allah (SWT) will forgive his shortcomings, grant him Al-Jannatul Firdausi and give the family the fortitude and patience to bear the irreparable loss,” he said.
Omo-Agege also cautioned against reprisal attacks like some Northern youths recently threatened.
“There was no justifiable reason for this murderous act by the evil men behind Gulak’s death. I call on the police and other security agencies to fish out the assailants and their sponsors to face the full wrath of the law,” he charged.
“This is the least we owe the late Gulak. And it will serve as deterrent to others. Security agencies should immediately restore law and order in the South East and other parts of the country so that the situation does not escalate.
“I also call for restraints on the part of those irked by the dastardly act. Reprisal attacks would only exacerbate the already tensed situation,” the Delta-Central lawmaker at the red chamber added.