The assailants who raided the Eze’s palace on Monday also killed two aides of the monarch and a member of the community’s vigilante group.
Imo Command spokesman, CSP Micheal Abattam, in a release confirming the incidence said, the command has intensified efforts aimed at apprehending the culprits.
The release reads, “sequel to a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer, Divisional Police Headquarters Agwa, in Oguta LGA 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 LGA 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 has fled the scene.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that, the hoodlums came in four vehicles and two motorcycles in 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, sat down with them, in the process of explaining the reason for their visit, they brought out guns, shot and killed the Eze and two of his aides, and 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.
Meanwhile, the corpse has been removed and deposited in the mortuary, and the community fortified with enough police operatives.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde psc(+), who condemned the dastardly act, appealed for calm.
He assured the good people of Agwa in particular and Imo State in general, that 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.