Millions lost as assailants burn down monarch’s residence in Imo community

Unknown assailants have reportedly set ablaze the residence of the Eze-elect of Okwuru Orsuihiteukwo in Orsu local government area of Imo State, Chief Ezekiel. I. Nwokedi.

The incident, which happened Saturday night, according to reports, saw the assailants looting valuables worth millions of naira before setting it ablaze.

It was gathered that the hoodlums supervised the complete burning of the the multi-million naira mansion and ensured it was totally razed down before they left.

The incident, it was gathered, brought renewed fears and apprehension among the remaining villagers, who instantly fled into nearby forests.

Orsuihiteukwa, as it was learned, has been plagued by gunmen attacks prompting inhabitants to flee to safer environments.

The Eze-elect who was said to be the Chairman of Odinma Orsu Initiative (OOI), an apex sociocultural group, narrated his ordeal to journalists in Owerri.

“Hoodlums attacked my home on Saturday night, looted valuables worth millions of naira and set it ablaze. I have nothing left for me. This is my most tragic moment. I am speechless. I only call on the government of Imo state and the security agencies in the state to intervene”, he said.

The Eze-elect, according to reports, had been at the forefront of the battle against insecurity in the LGA using his Odinma Orsu Initiative to advocate for ceasefire and peace in the LGA.

He had earlier initiated an amnesty program from the government of Imo where a few repentant gunmen were said to have sufrendered their arms.

He regretted the sudden rise in the security situation in the state, when he thought the tide had decreased.

“Odinma Orsu Initiative has been fighting against the incessant killings, kidnappings, arsons and all manners of extra-judicial activities in the state.”

When contacted, the Imo Police Spokesman, Henry Okoye, said the command was yet to get full information regarding the incident, promising to revert as soon as it was fully briefed.

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