UNKNOWN gunmen assassinated Mkpunando Aguleri, the previous traditional ruler of Mkpunando Aguleri in the Anambra East local government area, yesterday. Along the Ezu Bridge in Otuocha, Igwe Alex Edozieuno.
The former monarch, 62, and his driver, Chukwuemeka, were allegedly killed. Although the cause of the incident was unknown at the time of publication, some residents in the region believed it was a clear case of assassination.
Governor Willie Obiano banned Edozieuno as one of the state’s 12 traditional rulers last year for meeting President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja with billionaire oil magnate Prince Arthur Eze.
His subjects dethroned him and crowned another traditional ruler as a result of the occurrence.
The Royal father was reportedly shot in the head and carried into a nearby bush, while his driver, who was also shot in the head, was left in the vehicle.
DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, verified the occurrence, saying that the state’s new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tony Olofu, has already visited the crime scene.
The PPRO said: “The CP described the incident as man’s inhumanity to man and he has ordered immediate investigation into the incident.
“The exhibits recovered from the scene of the crime include one Lexus 470 with plate Reg No Aguleri-1 belonging to the victim and some expended ammunition.
“The bodies of the victims have been deposited in a mortuary”.