The Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Committee on Constitution Review, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has condemned the murder of Ahmed Gulak, former Political Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Omo-Agege said that Gulak, who was shot at point range by unknown gunmen in Owerri, Imo State on Sunday morning, was in Owerri for zonal public hearing on Constitution Review as a consultant.
But the House of Representatives only postponed the planned zonal public hearing on the review of the 1999 Constitution scheduled for Owerri for Imo and Abia States only after the killing of Gulak.
The zonal hearing on the 1999 constitution was scheduled for Owerri centre on June 2 and 3, respectively but Gulak was already on his way out of the area to the airport when he was intercepted and killed.
In a press statement released on Sunday by the Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase, who is the chairman of the committee, “the House of Representatives Special Committee on Constitution Review Zonal Public Hearing scheduled to take place in Owerri Centre (Imo and Abia States) on Tuesday, 1st and Wednesday, 2nd June 2021 has been suspended until further notice.
“The Committee regrets any inconveniences this might cause our esteemed invited guests, stakeholders and the general public.”
Senator Omo-Agege described the assassination as wicked, dastardly, callous and barbaric, he called on security operatives to fish out the perpetrators and their sponsors.
He wondered what the killers sought to gain by killing a patriotic citizen, explaining that he was on national assignment at the time of the unfortunate incident.
He said: ” 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.
“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 former presidential aide, he explained, was on national assignment in Owerri, pointing out that as one of the consultants to the Senate Constitution Committee on Constitution Review, the legal practitioner was in the Imo State capital for the zonal public hearing on Constitution Review for the South East geopolitical zone.
According to him, the late Gulak would be greatly missed as he gave his all for the service of his country.
Senator Omo-Agege commiserated with the family of the deceased as well as the government and people of Adamawa State over the unfortunate incident.
“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.
“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,” Omo-Agege said.