The traditional ruler of Ogbozine Akpugo, in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, Igwe Nwatu has been murdered. Nwatu was killed by unknown persons while returning from a court sitting at Nkanu, the local government headquarters.
His attackers disarmed the policemen with him before attacking him. The Divisional police officer rushed the monarch to a hospital when he got wind of the attack but he died around 9 pm last night.
The late Nwatu was said to have been having series of problems with his subjects who had always accused him of highhandedness, as well as complained of the imposition of arbitrary and illegal levies on them. Last month, young men, women and youths from his domain, besieged the Nkanu police station, protesting over the arrest of some town union presidents based on alleged false petitions against them by Nwatu. It took the intervention of the state Police Commissioner, Dan Malam Muhammad to bring the situation under control.
The traditional ruler died from the injuries sustained during the attack.