Ex-Anambra monarch, driver killed by gunmen

Gunmen on Friday killed a deposed monarch in Anambra State, Alex Edozieuno, and his driver, simply identified as Chukwuemeka.

They were reportedly ambushed and killed at Otuocha in the Anambra East Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Friday.

Edozieuno was amongst the 12 traditional rulers deposed by the Anambra State Government for travelling to Abuja with an oil magnate, Prince Arthur Eze, to see the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, without authorisation by the government.

The state Public Relations Office, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Tony Olofu, has ordered investigation on the matter.

He said: “The Commissioner of Police Anambra State Command , Tony Olofu, has led a team of police operatives to the scene of murder incident along Ikem Ivife Village by Ezu bridge, Otuocha, Anambra East.

“He described the incident as man’s inhumanity to man and ordered immediate investigation into the incident.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the victims, one Mr Alex Edozieuno, 62yrs old, a former traditional ruler of Nkpunado Community Anambra East LGA and his driver Chukwuemeka( other names yet to be identified) were attacked by suspected gunmen by 10am along Ezu bridge, Otuocha.

“The exhibits recovered from the scene include; one Lexus 470 with plate reg No Aguleri-1 belonging to the victim and some expended ammunition.

“Meanwhile the bodies have been deposited to the Mortuary. Further development shall be communicated.”

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