Gunmen on Sunday, December 12, 2021, attacked some communities in Imo State, abducting two monarchs and burning their palaces and vehicles.
The abducted traditional rulers are Acho Ndukwe of Amagu Ihube and Paul Ogbu of Ihitte Ihube, both in the Okigwe Local Government Area of the state.
The gunmen are also reported to have kidnapped the youth leader of Umulolo Okigwe.
Aside from the kidnap of the traditional rulers and the youth leader, the assailants also invaded the country home of a community leader in Umulolo-Okigwe, Fabian Nwosu, and vandalised his house.
report had it that the attacks started around 12 midnight and lasted till 1 am on Sunday.
A source said, “It was something else in the early hours of Sunday. They came in Hilux vehicles, kidnapped the two monarchs and burnt their palaces and vehicles. They also kidnapped the youth leader of Umuololo- Okigwe. They went to the house of Fabian Nwosu and vandalised it.
“Eze Ndukwe is an influential king. He is the chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers in Okigwe LGA. He is also the Chairman and CEO of Genesis Hotel, Okigwe. Nobody can comprehend these attacks. The communities are bewildered and highly confused.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Micheal Abattam, while confirming the incident said the command had commenced investigation into the abductions.
It will be recalled that the traditional ruler of Atta ancient kingdom in the Njaba LGA, Edwin Azike, was kidnapped on Thursday and killed on Friday with his corpse dumped at the market square.
The traditional ruler of Mbutu ancient kingdom, Damian Nwaigwe, was kidnapped on Thursday and released on sunday.