The Imo State Police Command has confirmed the killing of two traditional rulers by unknown gunmen on Tuesday.
The incident occurred in the Njaba local government area of the state.
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The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mike Abattam, confirmed the casualty figure to Vanguard, saying, “Two traditional rulers were shot dead. They came and attacked them and ran away. I did not know if they died instantly there but they were confirmed that they were dead.
“I don’t have the names of these traditional rulers but when I get it I will let you.”
The incident was said to have happened around 2:32 pm.
The unknown gunmen reportedly stormed the venue of the meeting of the traditional rulers in cars and motorcycles, shooting two of them and fleeing the scene.
Some other monarchs were said to have sustained injuries.
The names of the monarchs who were allegedly shot dead have yet to be revealed but sources claimed the communities affected include Okwuodor and Ihebineowerri.
A source told the newspaper that the community had been under attack for some time.
It was gathered that the unknown gunmen “had issued notice long time ago that they were coming to attack and that traditional rulers would also be affected”.
“These guys have not hidden so they are known by these community leaders. They come face to face and warn you. If you want to know what I am telling you drive along between Njaba and Orlu town between 09:30 pm and 11:30 pm you will see them moving freely in the night with their guns.
“Sometimes you see them by 8 pm. They claim to be for the agitation and that they want their territory. I worry that they even overpower these security agents. Something must be done about this.”