From Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
Palpable fear has gripped Ihite Ihube autonomous community in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State, as their traditional ruler, Eze Paul Ogbu, and youth leader of the community, who were abducted, on Sunday, were found dead, on Wednesday.
A source from the community told Daily Sun that the monarchs’s lifeless body laid in his palace was scheduled for burial yesterday.
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The source disclosed that another traditional ruler, Acho Ndukwe, abducted same day with the late monarch broke the news to the community.
The source said: “Eze Paul Ogbu and the youth leader have been found dead. Eze Acho Ndukwe, revealed that the criminals killed Eze Paul Ogbu in his presence.
Security operatives went back to the criminals camp with the indigenes and the corpse of the traditional ruler was identified lying in a ditch. He will be buried today, which is Thursday.”
Ogbu and Ndukwe were kidnapped, on Sunday, with their vehicles and their palaces razed.
However, Ndukwe was rescued on Monday, after combined security operatives raided the kidnappers den in Orsu Local Government Area and Uli in Ihiala council area of Anambra state.
Buni orders investigation as armed men shoot driver dead in Yobe
Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has orderedl investigation into the alleged killing of a driver, Mohammed Toli, by armed men in Garin Alkali, Bade Local Government Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Toli was allegedly shot dead on Friday evening at a petrol station while scampering for safety, when the armed men arrived on a motorcycle.
Buni, in a statement by his Director- General, Press and Media Affairs, Alhaji Mamman Mohammed, on Saturday in Damaturu, described the incident as unfortunate after a long period of return of peace in the area and the state.
The statement reads, “Government and the security authorities will not tolerate any act of recklessness capable of disrupting our hard earned peace.
“I, therefore, assure you that the government will properly investigate the matter and deal with it decisively.
“I also appeal to our good people of Bade Local Government Area and the entire state to remain calm and law abiding.
“We should avoid anything detrimental to our peace. You are advised to be good Muslims and take it as the will of Allah and avoid bonfire on the roads.
“May Allah (SWT) forgive the deceased of his shortcomings, grant him Aljannatur Firdaus and to his family, the fortitude to bear the loss,” the governor said.
Reports indicate that irate youths had on Saturday morning barricaded Filin Tanda area in Gashua town, protesting the arbitrary killing of Toli.
They set tires and other property ablaze and demanded justice for the deceased whom they described as a peaceful and law abiding person.
When contacted, spokesman of the Police Command in Yobe, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, confirmed the unrest, saying police had restored law and order in the area.
He said the matter was under investigation and anyone found wanting would face the full wrath of the law.
Goods worth millions of naira destroyed as fire guts Nasarawa motor park
An inferno has razed shops at the new Lafia Motor Park, Nasarawa State, destroying goods worth millions of naira.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria who visited the scene of the incident learnt that the fire started on Friday night and lasted till early hours of Saturday.
It, however, took the personnel of Fire Service in the state several hours to put out the fire.
Speaking on the incident, the State Coordinator of Fire Service, Mrs Hanatu George, said they got a distress call on Friday night and responded immediately.
George, however, said that although no life was lost, investigation had begun to ascertain the cause of the fire.
One of the victims of the fire disaster, Ejike Igwe, a car spare parts seller, said his entire shop was razed by the inferno.
Igwe, who said he could not quantify his goods lost to the fire disaster, appealed for assistance from spirited Nigerians.