Gunmen on Friday killed a deposed monarch in Anambra State, Alex Edozieuno; and his driver, Chukwuemeka.
They were allegedly ambushed and killed at Otuocha in the Anambra East Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Friday.
Edozieuno was among the 12 traditional rulers deposed by the Anambra State Government for travelling to Abuja with an oil magnate, Arthur Eze, to see President Muhammadu Buhari without authorisation by the state government.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the incident. He said the Commissioner of Police, Tony Olofu, had ordered an investigation into the matter.
The PPRO said, “The Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Command, Tony Olofu, has led a team of Police operatives to the scene of the murder incident along Ikem Ivife village by Ezu Bridge, Otuocha, Anambra East.
“He described the incident as man’s inhumanity to man and ordered immediate investigation into the incident.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the victims, one Mr. Alex Edozieuno, 62-year-old, a former traditional ruler of Nkpunado Community, Anambra East LGA; and his driver, Chukwuemeka (other names yet to be identified) were attacked by suspected gunmen around 10:00AM along Ezu Bridge, Otuocha.
“The exhibits recovered from the scene include one Lexus 470 with number plate Aguleri 1, belonging to the victim; and some expended ammunition. Meanwhile, the bodies have been deposited in a mortuary. Further development shall be communicated.”