By Jimitota Onoyume
A traditional ruler of Akpo Kingdom in Ikwerre areaÂ of Rivers State, Eze Badumeru Onwuna Oriebe, was Saturday shot dead at his residence in Ozuoba.
Details of the killingÂ at press time wereÂ hazy but community sources said theÂ traditional ruler played host to a visitor in the morningÂ before the sad incident. Nobody seemedÂ to recall who the guest was. They could also not say if the guest was the killer. But the sources said they were sure the deceased was shot by just one assailant.
When contacted on phone for comment, the state police public relations officer, Mrs. Rita Inoma Abbey, confirmed the murder and said three persons had been arrested in connection withÂ it, addingÂ that investigation was in top gear to track down those behind the incident.
She said those arrested were natives.Â Meanwhile, sympathizers continued to troop to the residence of the monarchÂ yesterday. People were seen in groups discussing the development.