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Hoodlums Set Ablaze Imo Monarch’s Palace

The Palace of the traditional ruler of Etekwuru autonomous community in the Ohaji/ Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State has been set ablaze by hoodlums.

The attack on his house did t spare his Jeep which was also burnt by the hoodlums who are yet to be identified.

This happened late Thursday night after the hoodlums couldn’t find the monarch nor any member of his household around.

The monarch who spoke after the attack said he fled naked, adding that his wife and children also managed to escape.

He told Punch:
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Hoodlums raze Monarch’s palace in Imo

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Yet to be identified hoodlums have set ablaze the Palace of the traditional ruler of Etekwuru autonomous community in the Ohaji/ Egbema Local Government Area of Imo state.

His highlander jeep and properties were not spared as the attackers supervised its razing.

The incident which happened Thursday’s night came just 24 hours after youths and soldiers cashed in the community.

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

On Thursday night, the attackers stormed the king’s palace with explosives ordinates 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.

Confirming the arson to our correspondent in a telephone and text message conversations, respectively, the traumatized tradition ruler told our correspondent that he was taking refuge at the Divisional Police Headquarters located at Mmahu.

He said that he and his wife who were in the house when the hoodlums struck, escaped death by whiskers.

The monarch who said that he was rescued by police operatives, decried that he left his palace half naked.

Calling on the public to come to his rescue, the monarch said that he had lost a lot in the arsonists attack.

In a text sent to our correspondent, the distraught monarch said “Good morning sir. I am the traditional ruler of Etekwuru community. At 10. 30pm last night of Thursday 21/10/21 hoodlums came into my compound, broke my window glasses, pour fuel into my rooms and set my house on fire.

“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 a help but the help could not come until the building burnt beyond control. My 4runner Jeep burnt to ashes.

“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 survive the shock, as I am now in the police station.”

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