- Unknown gunmen shot at traditional rulers during their meeting at Njaba local government area of Imo on Tuesday, October 19
- Reports from the southeast state indicate that two of the monarchs at the meeting were killed by the gunmen
- An angry Governor Hope Uzodimma has vowed to bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to book
Owerri - Governor Hope Uzodimma has expressed shock over the killing of three traditional rulers in Imo state on Tuesday, October 10.
Writing on his official Facebook page, the governor noted:
“The news of the attack on traditional rulers of Njaba local government area by some hoodlums, which resulted in some casualties, came to me with a rude shock and this is a clear exhibition of wickedness and desecration of sacred stool.”
Speaking to journalists at Government House, Owerri in an interview monitored by Legit.ng on Tuesday night, October 19 after the attack, the governor said:
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“The situation is very pathetic. The situation is condemnable. This is a new dimension to the banditry in the state where they have to now begin to attack traditional rulers gathered in a hall.”
Reacting to the incident, an indigene of the state, Onwuzuruike Uche told Legit.ng:
“The government must do all within its power to flush out miscreants in our midst. Gangsterism must never be condoned in our beloved Imo state. I trust the governor to match action with words and go after these criminals.”
Names of monarchs killed revealed
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the names of the monarchs killed have been released by the Imo state police command.
The monarchs are Eze E. Anayochukwu Durueburuo, Obi 1 of Okwudor autonomous community, and Eze Sampson Osunwa of Ihebineowerre autonomous community.
The police spokesperson in the state, Mike Abattam, said the two monarchs were confirmed dead on the spot while the wounded have been taken to the hospital for treatment.
Southeast monarchs ask Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu
Meanwhile, traditional rulers in the southeast region of Nigeria have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
The monarchs specifically told the president to release the separatist leader to them and religious leaders in the region.
Kanu is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.