Panic as gunmen kidnap monarch, 7 chiefs in Imo

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The traditional ruler of Umuezie community in Nguru in Aboh Mbaise Council Area of Imo Eze Charles Iroegbu ànd seven members of his have been kidnapped by gunmen.

Eze Iroegbu was abducted around 6pm alongside his members on Tuesday.

It was learnt the monarch and his members were abducted while returning from a traditional wedding ceremony at Ihitte-Uboma council area of the state.

The incident has raised anxiety and thrown the entire community into deep sorrow as the monarch was described as a “charitable giver” who has touched many lives in many across the state.

A source close to the traditional ruler, who spoke to The Nation on the condition of anonymity, said the incident took place at the popular Seven and Half junction in the Obowo area of the state.

On ransom demand, the source said: “For now, I am not aware of any ransom demand yet.”

A member of the town union, who pleaded not to be named, confirmed the incident, saying the monarch and members were abducted by gangsters while coming from a traditional wedding.

Contacted, the police spokesman, Orlando Ikeokwu (SP), said he would get back to us but was yet to as at the of filing the report.