Scores of gunmen stormed the residence of traditional ruler, Eze Damian Nwaigwen, Mbutu, Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State around 2:30 am on Thursday.

The traditional ruler was immediately kidnapped leaving residents gripped    in palpable tension.

Sources in the community said that about 10 gunmen kidnapped the traditional ruler.

They barricaded his palace as they shot sporadically until they whisked the monarch away in their vehicle.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO in Imo State, Michael Abattam, also confirmed the kidnap of the monarch.

He said that the command had swung into action with an intention to rescue the traditional ruler, unhurt.

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