Palpable fear has gripped the family of the traditional ruler of Nguru Nwe-Afor Ajala, Eze Oswald Anyanwu, following his kidnap by unknown persons.
One of the stories weaved around the kidnap had it that the royal father, who lives in New Owerri, was on his way to pick his wife from one of the hair dressing salons in the area when the hoodlums struck.
It was also gathered that the dare devil gangsters shot at his vehicle tyre, puncturing it in the process and forcing the man to stop.
According to the story, the hoodlums quickly picked the man and forced him into their vehicle and sped away.
Uneasy calm now reigns in the autonomous community as the subjects are anxiously waiting for the return of their monarch.
One of the villagers, who spoke to Vanguard on strict grounds of anonymity lamented that insecurity was becoming the order of the day in the state.
“These are not the best of times. People are picked up with ease in the state, while the state government feeds the rest of us with false stories about the secured nature of the state,” the villager lamented.
All efforts to get the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, on his mobile line before going to press failed, as it could not be reached. (Vanguard)