Imo CP orders probe on monarch’s murder
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ahmed Barde, on Monday, has ordered an investigation on the attack on the palace of His Royal Highness, Eze (Dr.) Ignatius Asor (fcin), the Udi 1 of in Oguta Local Government Area of the state, while condemning the incident.
Barde appealed to residents for calm, while assuring the people of Agwa and entire state that the investigation has commenced and the command will leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators are arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
The Nigerian News gathered that gunmen in their numbers had invaded the community on Monday morning, killing the monarch and others.
The attack was confirmed in a statement signed in Owerri by police spokesman, Michael Abattam.
According to the statement, “Sequel to a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer, Divisional Police Headquarters Agwa, in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, on the 14/11/2022 at about 1230 hours, that hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN) are attacking the Palace of His Royal Highness, Eze (Dr.) Ignatius Asor (fcin), the Udi 1 of Obudi Agwa in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State.”
“The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), joined by the command’s tactical teams immediately, raced to the Eze’s palace, where on arrival, it was discovered that the hoodlums had fled the scene.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the hoodlums came in four vehicles and two motorcycles in the company of a woman, disguising themselves as persons in distress and have come to report an emergency situation to him.”
“The unsuspecting royal father allowed them into his palace, and sat down with them; in the process of explaining the reason for their visit, they brought out guns, shot and killed him with two of his aides, after which they hurriedly fled the palace.”
“On their way, they attacked the office of the Agwa vigilante group, shot one person and made away with three (3) motorcycles. The police operatives armed with information from eyewitness traced the escape route in pursuit of the hoodlums.”
The CP called on the general public to assist the police with credible information, report any suspicious activities in their community to the nearest police station.