A traditional ruler of Umuneke-Nna Ugiri, and families in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze Jude Onyenagbaru, have abandoned the palace over an alleged failed attempt of kidnap.

The monarch and members of his family mostly at night would relocate to unknown destinations for fear of attack.

The incident happened at Umuanu Amauku Obollo in Isiala Mbano at a construction site of a filling station in the area.

This was even as the matter has been reported to the Imo Commissioner of Police Rabiu Hussaini, by a delegation of traditional rulers in the state, last Wednesday. The monarchs urged the Police to go after the suspects in the community to avert further endangering the life of their colleagues.

Eze Onyenagbaru said: “Myself and family have been hiding since then. We are no longer safe. The man in question has not been apprehended he ran away. Let the police double their efforts let us through him know those armed men.

“They came to the construction site of the filling station, thinking that I am there. Since they did not see me they kidnapped one of the labourers who they later released and now I am taking care of the man.”

Recall, the Monarch in a petition to the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini, through his lawyer, Amadi Obi, on the alleged attack said: “That our client is the traditional ruler of Umuneke Nna autonomous community Ugiri Isiala Mbano local government area of Imo state.

“That our client owns and in Umuanu, Amauku Obollo in Isiala Mbano where he is building a filling station. That on 16/11/2021 that about 22 paired masked killers and kidnappers directed and controlled by one Wisdom Nwachukwu came to our client filling station site shooting sporadically and kidnapping one of our client’s workers. That these kidnappers were captured in a video taking off from Nwachukwu’s house near our client’s filling station.

“Nwachukwu had threatened he will kill our client and the whole community is restive and there is palpable fear pervading the community as a result of the brazen act of Nwachukwu.”

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussani, could not be reached at the time of filing this report.

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