Enugu: Police Arrest 40 People In Connection With The Beating To Death of HRH Igwe Stephen Nwatu
The personnel of the Nigerian Police, Enugu Command have arrested not less than 40 indigenes of Ogbozinne community in Nkanu-West local government area, in connection with the beating to death of their traditional ruler, HRH, late Igwe Stephen Nwatu.
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NIGERIA NEWS notes that the weird incident of the beating of the Enugu traditional ruler occurred on Monday, June 11.
Meanwhile, following the unpleasant incident, many residents of the community were said to have fled into bushes and forests of neighbouring communities; out of fear that they would be targeted by persons angered by the death of the monarch, or picked up by the law enforcement agency.
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It was learnt that members of the community beat Igwe Nwatu to coma after he allegedly knocked down an old man who was among his antagonists, with his vehicle and Police escorts. The royal father was later rushed to Park Lane Hospital, Enugu, where he died.
According to sources with knowledge of the matter, motorcycles belonging to the late monarch’s antagonists were also confiscated and taken to Agbani Divisional Police station.
Reacting to the development, the police spokesman of the Command, Ebere Amaraizu, reportedly said some members of the community had been declared wanted in connection with the death, even though he did not divulge information on those who had been arrested.
The spokesman said investigations about the matter are ongoing that “the state Command has intensified manhunt on one Chijioke Nnona Okenwa over his alleged role with his cohorts in the dastardly act.”
The wanted individual, Okenwa, may have no abode again in the community as his house was among those razed, following the crisis.
Meanwhile, in an earlier report, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that police arrest more suspects in connection with Offa robberies in three South-West states.