The former chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Samuel Ohiri, has been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from his residence in Orodo, Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state.
Ohiri, the traditional ruler of Orodo, had previously held the position of council chairman during the tenure of former Governor Rochas Okorocha.
“They arrived in a commando style and headed straight into the palace where they kidnapped the traditional ruler, but his cousin, who was with him managed to escape.
“They dragged the traditional ruler into their vehicle and drove towards Umuaka-Orlu Road,’’ a palace source who requested anonymity said.
Confirming the abduction, police spokesman in Imo, ASP Henry Okoye, said the police had begun an investigation into the matter.
“Police have started intense investigation and we have taken some steps to ensure that the victim is rescued and his kidnappers arrested.
“The suspects will be made to face the full wrath of the law when arrested,’’ Okoye assured.