Gunmen allegedly kidnap Imo monarch, injure 2, kill 1



A traditional ruler whose identity is yet to be known was allegedly kidnapped at Y-junction, Ubomiri in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state. This has caused unrest in the state.

An eyewitness who spoke to newsmen in Owerri, said the ugly development took place at about 2 pm on Sunday.

According to him, the kidnappers doubled crossed the vehicle of the victim and as a result of the sporadic shooting one person was reportedly killed and about 2 two persons were injured.

He said, “The kidnappers overtook the Range Rover of the traditional ruler forced him out of the car with a little child and drove towards Orlu axis.

“Many people while running got injured and wounded in the process. And we were told that about two or three persons got bullet wounds. One person they said was dead.”

At the time of filing this report, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, Mike Abattam, said he would give details if he confirms the story.

However, there were sporadic shootings around Okigwe local governments area, the road leading to Uturu, Abia state, Sunday evening.

Eyewitnesses said they started the shooting around the Okigwe roundabout and headed the road to Uturu.

“Some vehicles were stopped and the hoodlums asked some of them to come down. At that time many of us ran away we did not know whether they kidnapped them.”

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