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BREAKIN NEWS: Gunmen on rampage in Imo, abduct monarch

Reign of terror has continued in Imo State as gunmen at the early hours of yesterday, abducted the traditional ruler of Mbutu ancient kingdom in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze Damian Nwaigwe.

The monarch was abducted at his palace around 2:30 am, a community source who chose to remain anonymous confided in our correspondent

The source said: “The traditional ruler of Mbutu ancient kingdom in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo state, Eze Damian Nwaigwe, has been kidnapped. The respected king was kidnapped at his palace around 2.30 am, on Thursday.

“Those who kidnapped him were  many. They came in vehicles and were more than 10. They barricaded his palace, shot indiscriminately until they whisked the monarch away in an already steaming vehicle.

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“The palace of the king is excluded. He built his house far from where other villagers live. That was why it wasn’t difficult for him to have been kidnapped without any resistance from his subjects.”

He added that the palace of the monarch is situated a bit away from the residences of the subjects.

It was gathered that the incident threw the villagers into panic as they kept wake till dawn.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Micheal Abattam, confirmed the  incident and said the command had swung into action to ensure the monarch is released unhurt.

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Investigation by Vanguard revealed that the security agencies  have combed the forests of Ohaji/Egbema and Aboh Mbaise Local Government Areas of Imo State, following the kidnap of the traditional ruler.

An intelligence officer who spoke to Vanguard in Owerri, also said efforts have been intensified within the forests of Ohaji/Egbema to apprehend the bandits behind last Wednesday attack in the Etekwuru community.

However, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Micheal Abattam, has confirmed that the command has recovered the vehicle of the abducted Mbutu monarch, Eze Nwaigwe few hours after the monarch was abducted.

According to the police image maker, “We have recovered the vehicle of the abducted monarch but has not found him. We are trailing the kidnappers.”

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Vanguard equally gathered from a source close to the government that some top government officials and security agencies have been in a strategy meeting on how to arrest the security situation.

Part of the plan was for the governor to come back quickly and launch the community security outfit.

“We are working seriously on this new dimension of insecurity. We are closing in on them and at any moment we will expose them. They will be  apprehended. Both government and security top officials have been  meeting since two days ago and we are not sleeping over it. Just watch and see what will happen.”

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