There is palpable fear in the Aguleri community of Anambra State as their former traditional ruler, Igwe Alex Edozieuno, has been assassinated by unknown gunmen.
Edozieuno, according to a graphic video circulating online, was reportedly killed alongside his driver, identified simply as Chukwuemeka.
Edozieuno was in his official car when the attack happened. His lifeless body was seen by the bush side.
Both men were said to have been allegedly ambushed and killed at Otuocha in the Anambra East Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Friday.
Edozieuno was reportedly deposed last year after he joined 11 other traditional rulers to travel to Abuja with an oil magnate, Prince Arthur Eze, to see President Muhammadu Buhari, without authorisation by the state government.
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The state police command’s spokesperson, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the incident, saying the Commissioner of Police, Tony Olofu, had ordered an investigation into the matter.
Tochukwusaid, “The Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Command, Tony Olofu, has led a team of police operatives to the scene of murder at Ikem Ivife village by Ezu bridge, Otuocha, Anambra East.
“The CP described the incident as man’s inhumanity to man and ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that the victims, one Mr Alex Edozieuno, 62 years old, a former traditional ruler of Nkpunado Community Anambra East Local Government Area and his driver Chukwuemeka (other names yet to be identified) were attacked by suspected gunmen at 10 am along Ezu bridge, Otuocha.
“The exhibits recovered from the scene include: one Lexus 470 with plate reg No Aguleri-1, belonging to the victim, and some expended ammunition.
“Meanwhile, the bodies have been deposited at the mortuary. Further development shall be communicated.”