By Dan-Maryam Zayamu
The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has been given 7-days ultimatum to initiate legal action against alleged killers of late Ahmed Gulak or face prosecution.
A Coalition of Northern Socio-cultural Organizations known as Justice for Ahmed Gulak Movement (JAGUM), handed over the ultimatum in a statement in Abuja.
Recall that Ahmed Gulak, a prominent politician who was a former Political Adviser to Ex-president Good luck Jonathan, was killed few years ago by yet to be identified gun men in Imo state.
The National Coordinator of JAGUM, Hajia Zira Kwada, said that the 7- days ultimatum came closely on the heels of what she described as heightened suspicion and fear about clandestine move by some powerful individuals to shield the suspected killers of Alhaji Gulak who were recently arrested by crack detectives of Nigeria Police from facing justice in the Court.
Hajia Zira said her organisation was shocked and disappointed about Governor Uzodinma’s silence, nonchalant and lukewarm attitude towards the arraignment of the suspects in Court with immediate effect.
She observed that as a close friend and beneficiary of the political machinery of Gulak, Governor Uzodinma should have been in the forefront of the struggle to make the arrested suspects face the full wrath of the law in Court.
She said: “We are not happy that Governor Uzodinma has turned his back on late Gulak who died in the course of entrenching democracy and good governance in Imo state. We don’t know why it’s taking forever to take the arrested suspects to court to answer for their heinous crime.
“We strongly believe that Imo state government wants to sabotage the trial of the suspects in connivance with some powerful forces.
“We have run out of patience and therefore gave 7 days ultimatum to Governor Uzodinma to arraign the suspected murderers in Court.”
Hajiya Zira further said: “After the expiration of the 7 days ultimatum, we will have no option than to approach the Court of competent Jurisdiction to compel Governor Hope Uzodinma to charge the case to court”