Fear in Rivers as gunmen kidnap top traditional ruler, university lecturer; whereabouts still unknown

Fear in Rivers as gunmen kidnap top traditional ruler, university lecturer; whereabouts still unknown

- A monarch in Rivers state has been kidnapped by suspected gunmen

- Aaron Ikuru became the latest victim when his abductors stormed his palace on Sunday

- Police said efforts to rescue the monarch are ongoing as all hands are on deck

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The Ikuru community in Andoni local government area of Rivers state has been plunged into fear following the abduction of the town's traditional ruler Aaron Ikuru.

According to Daily Sun, the monarch was kidnapped on Sunday, February 21, at his residence in Ikuru town.

Eyewitnesses claimed the unknown kidnappers stormed the palace of the traditional ruler and whisked him away to a yet-to-be-identified destination.

Gunmen kidnap top traditional ruler, whereabouts still unknown

Suspected gunmen kidnap a top traditional ruler in Rivers state and a varsity don. Credit: @GovWike
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Family members of the monarch have not been contacted over the possibility of ransom payment.

Reacting to the development, the Rivers state police command's public relation officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said efforts have been intensified to unravel the mystery behind the abduction.

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Omoni further maintained that all hands are on deck to ensure that the traditional ruler is released from the den of his abductors.

Meanwhile, suspected gunmen have also kidnapped a lecturer of linguistics and communications of the University of Port Harcourt, Jones Ayauwo.

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Monarch kidnapped in Anambra

In a related development, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nnewi community of Ekwusigo local government area in Anambra state was dived into panic following the kidnap of Uruagu-Nnewi, Obi Charles Afam Obi.

The 41-year-old monarch was kidnapped after his vehicle was attacked by his abductors while he was reportedly coming back from a burial ceremony. According to witnesses, the kidnappers shot sporadically into the air to scare people away before Obi Afam was whisked away.

Although police were unable to confirm the kidnapping case, Charles Nwoye, who is the president-general of the community said the monarch was truly kidnapped.

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