Gunmen have set ablaze the traditional ruler of Orsu Obodo in Oguta’s local government area of Imo State, HRH Eze Victor Ijioma, in his car.
Village sources informed military and other security operatives have increased their presence in Izombe, Mgbele and the communities around the area to fish out the perpetrators, who are reportedly said to have resorted to hit-and-run tactics.
A villager who pleaded anonymity said: “The Eze Igwe of Orsu Obodo was accosted while he was driving along Umuakama Junction in the afternoon. “They shot him, and they set him ablaze inside his car and left the scene. As I am talking to you now, soldiers and other security operatives are currently combing the villages in search of the assailants”.
“We are collaborating with the military and we have increased security presence in the areas with the view to arresting the killers. The commissioner of police commiserates with the families of the killed community leaders and prays God gives them the fortitude to bear these irreparable losses.”