The residence of the traditional ruler of the Ndia Iche Arondizuogu community in the Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze Kanu Ikenolu, has been razed by armed hoodlums.
The royal father however narrowly escaped death as the hoodlums did not meet him at home when they arrived his palace, it was gathered.
The hoodlums, who stormed the home of the monarch in the early hours of Sunday, shot sporadically causing panic in the community as villagers, including the monarch’s family fled into bushes for their safety.
It was learnt the attackers also threw explosives into the mansion, which led to the massive destruction of the house, properties and vehicles parked at the compound.
The Nation gathered that the compound which houses the traditional ruler’s home, and his palace was filtered by the debris of the destroyed building.
A villager who did not want to be named for security reasons said that properties worth millions were destroyed by the hoodlums.
The villager said: ” The palace of HRH Eze Ikenolu, the Eze of Ndia iche Arondizuogu has been invaded by the gunmen and the people are in the bushes now.”
He wondered why “Until now no response from the police to stop the hoodlums from further destruction of the palace of HRH Eze Kanu in Ndianiche Arondizuogu, where cars, houses and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.
Anytime Arondizuogu is under siege the police hardly come to the people’s rescue, it makes us also wonder if the place is no longer part of Imo State.”
Imo Police spokesman Henry Okoye, who confirmed the arson to newsmen, said: “Frantic efforts are on top gear to arrest the arsonists and bring them to justice.”