The Imo State Police Command said they were not briefed by Ahmed Ali Gulak that he was leaving town on Sunday.
The former aide of former President Goodluck Jonathan was assassinated in Owerri, Imo state capital on Sunday morning.
The police said Gulak did not have any security escorts with him at the time he was shot dead by gunmen.
“On the 30/5/2021, at about 07:20hrs, armed bandits intercepted and attacked a Toyota Camry cab carrying Ahmed Gulak and two others who were on their way to Sam Mbakwe Airport to catch a flight,” SP Bala Elkana, Imo Police Public Relations Officer said in a statement.
He noted that, “Ahmed Gulak left his room at Protea Hotel without informing the Police nor sister agencies in view of the fragile security situation in the South East and Imo in particular.
“He left without any security escorts and while the cab driver took irregular route to the airport, six armed bandits who rode in a Toyota Sienna intercepted, identified and shot at Ahmed Gulak at around Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area close to the Airport.
Elkana stated that the Commissioner of Police Imo CP Abutu Yaro has directed a discreet investigation into the matter as Tactical and Special forces have been deployed to cordon the area and arrest perpetrators.