Unknown gunmen on Sunday abducted Robert Chukwudilim Eze, the traditional ruler of Ukpo community in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra state, after attending a church service at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Upko.
Eze is a relation to Chief Arthur Eze, a business magnate.
Report says he was abducted around 11.20 a.m. in his palace just after alighting from his black Toyota Hilux security van.
Four gunmen reportedly stormed the palace in a green jeep and shot at the vehicle when the traditional ruler, his driver and his personal assistant refused to open the vehicle’s door.
The Divisional Police Officer in-charge of the area picked some bullet shells while conducting preliminary investigations.
Confirming the incident, Mr Raphael Uzoigwe, the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra, told NAN that the police command had launched an investigation into the matter.
“The kidnap was carried out by four men who operated in a jeep after the traditional ruler attended a church service at St. Mary (church).
“Nobody was shot or killed; the gunmen only shot sporadically into the air to scare people away.
“We are making arrangements to liberate the traditional ruler; we have begun combing the area,” Uzoigwe said.