Unknown persons suspected to be hoodlums have set ablaze the palace of HRH Eze Obi Ralph Ekezie, the traditional ruler of Obor Autonomous Community in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
However, nobody died or was injured during the invasion, which took place around 4 pm on Thursday.
The monarch and his family members were said to be in Owerri capital when the arsonists struck.
An eyewitness, who spoke to newsmen in confidence, said the arson caused some damages to the monarch’s property and two other buildings around the community, which is close to Omuma, Governor Hope Uzodimma’s hometown.
He also said the fire was later put out by the combined efforts of good-spirited individuals in the community.
The monarch, who spoke to newsmen on phone, confirmed the incident but blamed those he called enemies of progress in his community for the act.
The monarch further said he was monitoring the development from his abode in Owerri, capital of Imo State.
He expressed sadness, saying the level of damage can’t be ascertained now until he gets home tomorrow.
On Friday arsonists also attacked the house of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and former leader of Orlu Legislative Council, Hon. Nwagba Gozie, in Orlu.
Residents have been relating their experiences in Orlu as houses were being burnt and people killed.
A resident said:9 “Houses are being razed. The entire Obor-Umutanze community has been deserted.”
Contacted, the Police spokesman, CSP Michael Abattam confirmed the burning of the traditional ruler’s palace, saying “it is true.”