Monday, 22 April 2013

Soldier, widower killed as gunmen abduct traditional ruler in Rivers

(Nigeria) A soldier and an indigene of Rumuji community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, was, Monday, shoot alongside a widower by gunmen, who kidnapped Chief Emmanuel Eche, Eze Ochialiri II, paramount ruler of the community.
The army officer, Chikodi Onu, who it was gathered, had just been posted to Lagos was in his Rumuoji home community to visit his extended family, when he met his untimely death. 
He and Sampson Ihunwo, a widower with eight children were said to have confronted the gunmen while taking the monarch away.
Eche Kenneth, one of Chief Eche’s sonsm said his father’s abductors struck at 9pm, Monday  in a Toyota Camry car.
“They could not identify my father the first time. One of them, however, got to know through a photograph in the palace. Then, they went outside where my father was sitting and dragged him into the boot of the vehicle.
“The soldier, who thought they were policemen confronted them and they shot him dead on the spot while Ihunwo also suspiciously pointed a touch-light at them in the process and he also got killed,” Kenneth said.
The monarch’s family, it was gathered, was, yet to be contacted by the abductors, as the remains of the soldier had been deposited at Military Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while that of Sampson Ihunwo had also been deposited at an unknown mortuary.


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