There is tension in Ogbosinne Autonomous Community, Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State over the reported murder of the traditional ruler, Igwe Stephen Nwatu.
The state police spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the incident in a text message, said: “The command through the operatives of the state criminal intelligence and investigation department has commenced a full scale investigations into the incident with a view to finding out the circumstances surrounding the incident as well as those involved, amongst other things.”
The native ruler was said to have been killed by his subjects when he allegedly attempted to prevent them from attending a scheduled meeting with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Monday.
The traditional ruler was said to have ordered his driver to use his vehicle and run over his subjects who disobeyed his orders.
Following Nwatu’s orders, his driver reportedly knocked down an elderly man and broke his leg.
Irked by the incident, about 200 people allegedly beat up the traditional ruler. He was later taken to Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Teaching Hospital, Parklane, were he later died.