Charles Nwoke, Enugu, Nigeria
December 27, 2020
The Royal Father of Oruku community in Nkanu East Local Government Council of Enugu State, Igwe Emmanuel Mba has been reportedly murdered through gunshots from men believed to be Police Officers from force headquarters, Abuja, Nigeria.
Several houses, cars, and other properties have been burnt down in the community, an orgy of violence that commenced on Saturday and lingered through Sunday.
The crisis started on Saturday, December 26 when the now-late Royal Father was presiding over the town union meeting and a team of uniformed men suspected to be policemen from Abuja invaded the venue of the meeting, led by a native of the community, who allegedly pointed at the Monarch that was instantly shot by the policemen, who later died at Parklane Hospital, Enugu.
Daniel Ndukwe, the Enugu State Police Command Public Relations Officer, could not answer his phone call to confirm the incident.
“The Policemen were led by one Inspector Danladi, who also took away one Mr. Agozie Ani from the Oruku town hall where the deceased traditional ruler was addressing a meeting of the natives,” an eyewitness stated.
“The armed men invaded the venue of the meeting in an SUV and a Sienna bus at about 2 pm on Boxing Day, moved into the hall, and sought to see the royal father.
“When the traditional ruler who was presiding over the meeting was identified by the three natives, one of the policemen immediately shot him on the thigh and he fell down bleeding.”
The controversy was said to have ensued after the traditional ruler was shot as the natives scattered in different directions amidst sporadic shooting by the armed men, who made attempts to apprehend some of the residents.
“The bleeding royal father and Mr. Ani were taken away by the armed men to the Parklane hospital Enugu but Igwe Mba could not be admitted due to lack of bed space,” said Ejike Ani, a resident of the community.
“They were referred to the National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu but on arrival doctors at the Emergency Unit only confirmed the royal father dead.”
Expectedly, dissatisfied indigents of the Oruku community were said to have regrouped in the evening and raided the homes of some indigenes believed to be behind the killing of the Monarch.
No fewer than four houses including the compound of the father of a retired Federal Permanent Secretary, Chief Raymond Okenwa were reportedly razed down.
A lot of vehicles parked within the affected premises were also set burnt by the mob while the violence continued up to the time of this report.