A deposed traditional ruler, Obi Edozieuno was on Friday morning shot dead in an ambush by suspected assailants ahead of the November 6, 2021 Governorship election in Anambra State.
He was reportedly killed along with his driver, simply identified as Chukwuemeka at Otuocha in Anambra East Local Government Area of the State.
He had suspended by the State governor, Wilie Obiano after he followed an oil magnate, Prince Arthur Eze and 11 other traditional rulers on a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, without obtaining permission weeks ago.
Spokesman of the Nigeria police, Anambra State Command, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the killing of the monarch and his driver.
“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 to 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”, he said.
He said the remains of the victims had been deposited at a morgue awaiting further investigation while some expended ammunitions were also recovered from the scene of the incident by detectives along with a Lexus 470 with plate reg. No. Aguleri-1 belonging to the deceased have been recovered by police operatives.