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Less than three days after the traditional ruler of Atta ancient kingdom in the Njaba LGA, Edwin Azike was kidnapped and brutally murdered, another yet to be identified gunmen on Sunday wreaked havoc on communities in Imo State, kidnapping two traditional rulers.
According to eyewitnesses, the Sunday attack affected Acho Ndukwe of Amagu Ihube and Paul Ogbu of Ihitte Ihube, all in the Okigwe Local Government Area of the State.
The Eastern Updates gathered that the gunmen burnt the monarchs’ palaces and vehicles while carrying out the operations and also kidnapped the youth leader of Umulolo Okigwe.
Reports had it that the gunmen also invaded the country home of a community leader in Umulolo- Okigwe, Fabian Nwosu, and vandalized his house after kidnapping the monarchs and youth leader.
A community source told reporters that the operation happened between 12 midnight and 1am on Sunday.
According to the source ‘it was something else in the early hours of Sunday. The gunmen came in Hilux vehicles and kidnapped the two monarchs and burnt their palaces and vehicles. They also kidnapped the youth leader of Umuololo- Okigwe.
‘The invaders also went to the house of one Fabian Nwosu, on meeting his presence, they vandalized his house.’
Another source described one of the kidnapped monarchs, Acho Ndukwe as a popular and well-to-do king.
He said Ndukwe is the chairman of the Council of Traditional rulers in Okigwe LGA and also the owner of the popular Genesis hotel, Okigwe. Nobody can understand the rationale behind the attack.
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