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Just In: Gunmen abduct Imo monarch

Yet to be identified gunmen have kidnapped the traditional ruler of Umueze Nguru in the Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo state, Eze Charles Iroegbu.

Iroegbu was kidnapped on Wednesday night alongside the cabinet chiefs of the kingdom who accompanied the Royal majesty to a public function within the state.

Sources say the respected monarch, who is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of All States Mass Transit, and his cabinet chiefs were kidnapped after attending a traditional wedding in Mbano.

Punch reports that they were in three vehicles and were heading back to the kingdom when the gun-wielding men waylaid them and diverted their movement.

“His Highness and his cabinet chiefs were on the back from a traditional wedding ceremony in Mbano when they were kidnapped. This is unbelievable and there is fear and panic everywhere,” The PUNCH reports quoting an unnamed source.

A community source expressed worry that the kidnappers had not established communication since they struck.

This is as the state police formations are under attack from suspected separatist groups ravaging the region.

When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that he could not confirm the abduction.

More to follow…

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