March 16, 2016

6 in court over murder of Abia monarch

6 in court over murder of Abia monarch

Police officers holds arms to block supporters of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from marching on the president’s official residence in Abuja on October 14, 2014. Some 276 girls were seized from their dormitories at the Government Girls Secondary School in the remote town of Chibok in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria, on the night of April 14. AFP PHOTO

By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA—SIX suspects have been arraigned in Court over the murder of Eze James Nwabeke, the traditional ruler of Ikeala Ahiaba autonomous community in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State.

The Public Relation Officer of Abia State Police Command, Udeviotu Onyeke, DSP, who disclosed this to Vanguard in a telephone chat, said he however, did not have the identity of the suspects yet.

The traditional ruler was last month killed in his palace and his body was mutilated by the gunmen.

His killers also inflicted serious machete injuries on his wife and daughter- in-law.

Though the reason for the killing was not known, the slain monarch was said to be getting ready for his coronation ceremony before the assassins struck.

According to a resident of the sleepy community, “Eze Nwabeke is easy going and a peace loving man who has contributed immensely to the development of this community. We wonder why someone will go to the extent of killing him”.

The Abia State police Commissioner, Mr. Joshak Habila who visited the palace after the ugly incident had vowed to bring the culprits to book.