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How Imo monarch, two aides were killed, by CP

By Charles Ogugbuaja and Collins Osuji, Owerri
16 November 2022   |   4:04 am
Imo State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mohammed Ahmed Barde, yesterday, gave a graphic description of how traditional ruler of Obudi Agwa community in Oguta Council of Imo State, Eze (Dr.) Ignatius Asor, and his two aides were killed by hoodlums.

Eze Asor

‘We will track perpetrators’
Imo State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mohammed Ahmed Barde, yesterday, gave a graphic description of how traditional ruler of Obudi Agwa community in Oguta Council of Imo State, Eze (Dr.) Ignatius Asor, and his two aides were killed by hoodlums. 
 
According to him, the assailants invaded the palace of the late monarch on Monday and killed him and his two aides.
   
Barde, in a statement made available to newsmen by spokesperson for the Command, Michael Abattam, said the hoodlums came in four vehicles and two motorcycles in company of a woman, disguising themselves as persons in distress and have come to report an emergency situation to him. 
   
According to him, preliminary Investigation revealed that the late monarch had allowed his assailants entrance into his palace, offering them seats before they brought out their guns and killed him and others.   
   


He said: “Sequel to a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer, Divisional Police Headquarters Agwa, in Oguta Local Council of Imo State, on November 14, 2022, at about 1230 hours, that, hoodlums are attacking the Palace of His Royal Highness, Eze (Dr.) Ignatius Asor, the Udi 1 of Obudi Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State; 
 
“The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), joined by the Command’s Tactical    Teams, immediately raced to the Eze’s palace, where on arrival it was discovered that the hoodlums had fled the scene. 
   
“The unsuspecting Royal father allowed them into his palace, sat down with them, in the process of explaining the reason for their visit, they brought out guns, shot and killed the Eze and two of his aides, and hurriedly fled the palace. On their way, they attacked officers of the Agwa vigilante group, shot one person and made away with three motorcycles.
 
“The police operatives armed with information from eyewitnesses traced the escape route in pursuit of the hoodlums.
 
“Meanwhile, the remains of deceased persons have been removed and deposited in the mortuary, and the community fortified with police operatives.”
 
The police chief, who condemned the attack, called for calm from the locals and assured the good people of Agwa in particular and Imo State in general, that investigation has commenced and the Command will leave no stone unturned, until the perpetrators are arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.”
   
The CP also released emergency control room numbers to the members of the public to report any clandestine activities.
 
He urged them to assist the police with credible information or report any clandestine activities in their community to the nearest police station or call the Command’s emergency control room numbers 08034773600 or 08098880197.