- A southeast community in Nigeria is in shock and mourning after its monarch was found dead on Friday, December 10
- Edwin Azike, the traditional ruler of Atta ancient kingdom in Njaba local government area of Imo state was murdered by gunmen
- The deceased monarch was kidnapped on Thursday, December 9, after the assailants invaded the community
Njaba, Imo - The ancient kingdom of Atta in Njaba local government area of Imo state has been thrown into mourning following the murder of its traditional ruler, Eze Edwin Azike.
The Punch reports that Azike's body was found at the community market square on Friday morning, December 10.
It was gathered that the monarch was killed after he was abducted on Thursday, December 9.
A source who spoke anonymously told the publication that four people were shot dead on Thursday after the monarch was kidnapped.
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He was found dead in a car
Contrary to The Punch's report, The Nation revealed the monarch was shot in the head and dumped in a car.
Michael Abattam, the state police spokesman confirming the incident said Azike was abducted and later found dead in a car.
Eze Emma Okeke, the chairman of traditional rulers council/ community policing said monarchs in the southeast state were saddened by the death of their colleague.
While describing the killing of Azike as an abomination, Okeke wondered why traditional rulers are being hunted like this.
Gunmen abduct another monarch
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Eze Damian Nwaigwe, the traditional ruler of Mbutu ancient kingdom in Aboh Mbaise local government area of Imo state had been kidnapped by gunmen.
The monarch was abducted on Thursday, December 9, from the palace at about 2:30 am.
Gunmen numbering about 10, shot into the air before whisking the traditional ruler away to an unknown location.
Gunmen abduct Catholic priest
In another related report, gunmen suspected to be kidnappers reportedly abducted a Catholic Priest, Reverend Joseph Ajayi.
The cleric was abducted along the Akure-Ikere road in Ondo state on Tuesday, December 7.
He was said to be travelling in his Toyota Corolla to Ilara-Mokin in Ifedore local government area, close to Akure, the state capital, where his parish is located.