Attackers have set a traditional palace on fire, inclusive of the monarch’s Highlander Jeep on Thursday night, just 24 hours after youths and soldiers had clashed in the community.
Panic has gripped Ohaji/Egbema local government area of Imo state after the palace of the traditional ruler of the Etekwuru community was razed down.
As reported by Punch, the incident took place after enraged khaki men burnt some houses in the agrarian community over an alleged killing of a soldier.
However on Thursday night, the attackers stormed the king’s palace with explosives and when they could not find the king or any member of his family, they burnt his house and properties including an official vehicle.
The traditional ruler who was taking refuge at the Divisional Police Headquarters located at Mmahu, revealed that he and his wife escaped death by whiskers. He said he was rescued by police operatives and left his palace half-naked.
As noted by the monarch, he had lost a lot to the attack.
“At 10.30 pm of Thursday 21/10/21 hoodlums came into my compound, broke my window glasses, pour fuel into my rooms, and set my house on fire.
“They were shooting sporadically and I couldn’t find a way of escape with my wife and child. I started making calls to the police for help but the help could not come until the building burnt beyond control. My 4runner Jeep burnt to ashes.
“The police came around 11.45 pm but could not get the arsonists. I learnt it was those boys responsible for the killing of the soldier whose houses were set on fire by the Army on reprisal that are responsible for the arson.
“I left my house with only boxers as all properties in my house burnt. As the police arrived, I came out from my hidden point and discovered that the next building to my house is also on fire.
“I am calling for help from any good-spirited person to enable me to survive the shock, as I am now in the police station.”