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In Imo, Oguta community deserted as gunmen kill monarch, others

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Buhari orders investigation, commiserates with community

RESIDENTS of Obudi Agwa in Oguta Local Government Area, Imo State have either taken to the bush or fled the community for refuge over the unprecedented attack that has consumed the traditional ruler of the area, Eze Ignatius Asor, the Udi I of Obudi Agwa Autonomous Community in Oguta Local Government Area.

  The killers, according to reports,  killed two other people who were guests to the palace and later on their way going, attacked office of the Agwa Vigilante Service,  shooting one of the guards, who fled with bullet wounds.

  The gunmen were said to have come in four vehicles and two motorcycles with  a female member of the gang that executed the ugly task.

  It was gathered that the killers are planning revisiting the community to search for cabinet members of the monarch.

  The gunmen stormed the palace while a meeting was going on at about 11:28pm and opened fire, killing the monarch and others on the spot and injured many.

 The attack was said to have left the community devastated as simple villagers have fled the community for fear of another attack or mass arrest by any angle of law or security agents.

  The state’s Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Mr. Michael Abatam confirmed the incident but promised to give details as time or investigation intensifies.

  A day after the ugly event, the president of the country, General Mohamadu Buhari (rtd) issued a press statement through his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, directing concerned security agencies in the state to quickly investigate the dastardly act and ensure that the killers were rounded up and made to face the law.

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  Commiserating with those who incurred losses by the death of the traditional ruler and those who died with him, the president prayed for the repose of their souls and quick recovery of the injured ones.

   He equally acknowledged the spirited effort of the state governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma and the improvement he has recorded on security this time around and urged him to sustain the tempo.

  Meanwhile, the state police command, through its spokesman, Abatam said that the attackers disguised themselves as people in distress and approached the Eze’s Palace for help, which made the royal father to fall prey to them cheaply.

  According to the spokesman, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Barde has condemned the attack and advised Agwa people to remain calm, assuring the people of rounding up the perpetrators as the command will not relax until justice is done. 

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