BREAKING: Fear, Panic as Gunmen Abduct Influential Monarch in Southeast State
- In recent times, the abduction of traditional rulers has become a norm in southeast states of Nigeria
- In a new move, unknown gunmen stormed the palace of the Ebonyi monarch and whisked him away to an unknown destination
- In fact, the kidnappers are yet to contact the family of the traditional ruler even as the state police command has launched an investigation into the sad incident
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Gunmen have abducted the traditional ruler of Isuokoma autonomous community in Onicha local government area of Ebonyi state, Eze Ambrose Ogbu, The Nation reports.
It was gathered that the monarch was kidnapped on Wednesday night, June 22, by unknown persons at his palace in Isu.
The abductors, Legit.ng gathered, have not made contact with his family members.
How Ebonyi monarch was kidnapped, the source shares details
A stakeholder in the community, who pleaded for anonymity, confirmed the incident in Abakaliki, Premium Times also reported.
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He added that the abductors of the royal father were yet to contact the family as of Thursday morning, June 23.
The source said:
"He was kidnapped last night at his palace. But the kidnappers have not made any contact with the family or the community. We have been waiting but no contact yet.”
The Ebonyi state commissioner of police, Aliyu Garba has confirmed the incident.
According to Garba, the command was doing everything possible to locate the monarch and rescue him from the abductors.
“He was in his house and they came and abducted him. No contact has been established with the abductors.”
The consultant on security to the state government, Stanley Emegha is yet to react to the development.
Tears flow as gunmen kill prominent lawmaker in southeast state
The headless body of the kidnapped Anambra state physically challenged politician, Nelson Achukwu, has been found by his relatives.
It was reported that the decapitated body of the late Achukwu was found between the boundary of Uke and Ukpor areas of the state.
His decapitated body was quickly buried by the family members on Tuesday, June 21, as the corpse had started to decompose.
Gunmen abduct 2 top former Nigerian officials
Legit.ng reported earlier that some gunmen have kidnapped a former secretary-general of the then Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Honourable Ahmed Sani Toro.
It was reported that Toro was kidnapped alongside a former Golden Eaglets' assistant coach, Garba Iliya on the Ryom Road on Friday, June 17.
It was gathered that both the former NFA secretary-general and Iliya were travelling to Bauchi from Abuja where they were said to have attended the wedding ceremony of the son of a former NFF president, Alhaji Aminu Maigari on Friday.