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Gunmen kidnap Imo monarch

By  Benjamin Njoku

OWERRI—A first-class traditional ruler and secretary of Ndi-Eze in Owerri-West Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze H.M. Obichere, Eze Ola 1 of Oforola was weekend abducted by unknown gunmen, who stormed his country home and whisked him away at gunpoint.

Eze Obichere was said to have been abducted while attending a church service.

The gunmen, numbering six stormed an Anglican Church, located some meters away from his palace, where the traditional ruler had gone for the Sunday worship at about 11am.

According to eye-witness account, the 9am mass at the Church, which Eze Obichere attended was still on when the hoodlums, who arrived in black jeep, struck.

The hoodlums, were said to have trailed the traditional ruler to the church, where they waited at a near-by beer parlour for the church to close. They allegedly sent for him in the guise to have him remove his car, which they claimed was blocking their own car.

“The moment the traditional ruler stepped out of the church, the hoodlums bounced on him, shooting into air as they forced him into their waiting jeep and sped off to an unknown destination”, said one of the natives, who wouldn’t want his name in print.

As at press time, the whereabout of the traditional ruler is still unknown.

The kidnapping of Eze Obichere came barely a week after Mrs Stella Odimegwu, the wife of the former, Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Dr. Festus Odimegwu was abducted in Owerri, and three weeks before that, the Chief Registrar, Customary Court of Appeal, Mrs Pauline Njemanze as well as Justice Ambrose Egu, were respectively abducted at gun point.


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