The traditional ruler of Atta Community in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, HRH Eze Edwin Ezike abducted on Thursday was found lifeless in the early hours of Friday, December 10 at the market square.
Our correspondent gathered that four persons were shot dead on Thursday in the community after the monarch was kidnapped.
Our source gave the names of those shot dead on Thursday to include, Iyke Oduozor, a 17-year- old apprentice and one Lady Dominica and another whose identity could not be immediately established.
The source said, “the traditional ruler of Atta ancient kingdom in the Njaba LGA, Eze Edwin Azike, has been murdered. His lifeless body was dumped at the market square and the villagers discovered it this morning. He was kidnapped on Thursday and thereafter, the community was invaded which led to the killing of four persons.”
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The Chairman of Traditional Rulers Council/Community Policing in the state, Eze Emmanuel Okeke, expressed the sadness of monarchs in the state over the assassination of their colleague.
Eze Okeke, who is also the traditional ruler of Amaifeke Community in Orlu Local Government Area of the state described the the killing of Azike as an abomination, wondering why anyone would spill royal blood.
He said, “we have got the sad news about the killing of Eze Edwin Azike. This is an abomination in Igbo culture. I don’t know why traditional rulers are being hunted like this. We are not politicians, we are only custodians of the culture of our people. We were informed on Thursday when he was kidnapped, only for him to be found dead, this morning.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Michael Abattam, promised to make inquiry and get back to our correspondent.
He was yet to do so as at press time.
Recall that the traditional ruler of Mbutu Ancient Kingdom in the Aboh Mbaise LGA, Damian Nwaigwe, was on Thursday morning abducted from his palace.
Also, the traditional ruler of Achi Mbieri in the Mbaitoli LGA, Henry Madumere, was on November 20, kidnapped at Iho in Ikeduru LGA, while on the way to a public function.
The octogenarian monarch, who is the father of a former deputy governor of the state, Eze Madumere, was released five days after his abduction.