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IMO: Etekwuru monarch’s palace razed

THE palace of the traditional ruler of Etekwuru community in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area has been set ablaze by yet-to-be-identified hoodlums.

The incident which happened last night came just 24 hours after youths and soldiers clashed in the community.

The clash led to the killing of a soldier and in a reprisal attack, the enraged military men burnt some houses in the agrarian community.

It was gathered that the attackers stormed the king’s palace with explosives and when they could not find the monarch or any member of his family, they set his house and properties which included his official vehicle on fire.

Reports say that he was taking refuge at the Divisional Police Headquarters located at Mmahu.

“They were shooting sporadically and I couldn’t find a way of escape with my wife and child. I started making calls to the police for help but the help could not come until the building burnt beyond control. My 4runner Jeep burnt to ashes,” PUNCH quoted the traditional ruler to have said.

“The police came around 11.45 pm but could not get the arsonists. I learnt it was those boys responsible for the killing of the soldier whose houses were set on fire by the Army on reprisal that are responsible for the arson.

“I left my house with only boxers as all properties in my house burnt. As the police arrived, I came out from my hidden point and discovered that the next building to my house is also on fire.

“I am calling for help from any good-spirited person to enable me to survive the shock, as I am now in the police station.”

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