Gunmen abduct traditional ruler in Imo
Gunmen, yesterday, abducted Eze Damian Nwaigwe, the traditional ruler of Mbutu ancient kingdom in Aboh Mbaise Local Council of Imo State.
A community source, who pleaded anonymity, said the kidnappers numbering over ten came with three vehicles, barricaded the palace and shot sporadically in the air before whisking their victim away.
The incident had caused panic in the community as the dwellers were said to have kept vigil from the time it took place till dawn.
Spokesperson of the state Police, Michale Abattam, who confirmed the development, said the monarch was kidnapped at his palace around 2:30 a.m.
Abattam said that the police had already traced and recovered the vehicle of the victim, while efforts are being intensified to rescue the traditional ruler unhurt as well as apprehend the culprits.
The abduction occurred barely one month after three traditional rulers were killed at Njaba, while the palaces of other monarchs in Ohaji-Egbema and Oru East Local Councils were set ablaze by suspected hoodlums.