Two traditional rulers in Imo State were physically beaten by gunmen alleged to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, according to a video that has gone viral on the internet.
Last Sunday, gunmen seized Eze Acho Ndukwe of Amagu Ihube and Eze Paul Ogbu of Ihitte Ihube, both from the state’s Okigwe Local Government Area.
Their abductors razed their palaces and vehicles as well.
While Ndukwe, the Chairman of the Okigwe LGA Traditional Rulers, was released on Monday, Ogbu’s body was discovered in a ditch near the village on Wednesday.
On Thursday, he was laid to rest in the community.
The two monarchs were shown being pummeled by their abductors, who hurled abuses at them in the viral footage.
“You are occultic persons. You deserve to die. You have committed enough abomination that warrants the spilling of your blood. Nnamdi Kanu asked us to kill you, you police and wipe away your generation hence you don’t want Biafra to be actualised in your time,” one of the gunmen was heard saying in the video.
Imo State has recently been subjected to a spate of attacks, particularly on security forces.
Armed men stormed the Imo State Police Command and the Nigerian Correctional Service headquarters in Owerri on April 5, setting fire to the buildings and releasing nearly 1,800 convicts.
Unfortunately, a stray bullet struck one person suspected of being an escaping prison inmate.
The country residence of Imo governor, Hope Uzodinma, in Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area of the state, was invaded by gunmen a few days after that incident.
They set fire to part of the structure and torched some vehicles in the property during the attack, killing at least one security official.