There was palpable tension on Monday in Ogbozine Akpugo, a town in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu state, following a report that unknown gunmen lynched a traditional ruler of the town.
It was learnt that the traditional ruler, simply known as Nwatu, was killed during an laid on him ambush on his return from a local court.
The incident threw the town into unwarranted anxiety, as subjects who feared a likely retaliation to the dastard act, stayed in their houses.
According to sources, Nwatu met his untimely death while trailing one of his subjects who had some issues with him when some unknown men overpowered his security details and beaten to stupor.
When the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for Nkanu West, who got wind of the attack, arrived the scene, the monarch was said to be unconscious and was rushed to the hospital.
At Oriental hospital, he initially received first aid treatment before he was transferred to the Parklane Hospital in Enugu metropolis, where he died at about 9pm on Monday.
It will be recalled that before Monday’s incident, the monarch and his subjects are said to be having a running battle, who have persistently accused him of highhandedness, as well as complained of 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 towns union presidents based on alleged false petitions against them by Nwatu.
It took the intervention of the state Police Commissioner, Danmalam Muhammad to bring the situation under control.