At least three traditional rulers killed during meeting by gunmen in Imo

By our reporter/ At least three traditional rulers were killed during an attack by gunmen at Nnenasa community Headquarters of Njaba local government area of Imo State.

According to eyewitness accounts, the traditional rulers from the area numbering over 20 were in a meeting at the local government headquarters in the community when gunmen invaded the place and interrupted the meeting with sporadic gunshots.

The state police command spokesperson, Mike Abatam, who confirmed the attack, said only three traditional rulers had died while three others were in a coma.

“Yes, we have gotten the report and it is only three traditional rulers that died in the attack,” he said.

The murdered traditional rulers include the Obi II of Okwudor, Eze Anayo Durueburoe and the ruler of Ihebineoweri, Okwudor, Eze Samson Osunwa.

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Those who sustained heavy gunshots injuries were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma, while speaking to Channels Television on Tuesday evening, condemned the killings and commiserated with the affected families.

He promised to bring the perpetrators to book and urged Imo indigenes to remain calm as the state government is on top of the situation.

The attack is the latest in a series of violent crimes being perpetuated across the South-East by suspected IPOB militants.

 

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