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Hoodlums Set Ablaze Anambra Monarch’s Palace, Vehicles

The palace of the traditional ruler of Ifitedunu in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, Dr. Emeka Ilouno, has been razed down by unknown persons.

THISDAY gathered that the palace of the monarch was invaded by 7p.m. last Sunday by unknown persons, who set it ablaze, including vehicles in the compound, before leaving.

The President-General of the community, Chief Uche Oragwuncha, who spoke to THISDAY on the phone, confirmed the incident, but insisted that no one knew who the arsonists are.

According to him, “It happened last Sunday at about 7p.m. Some people just invaded the palace and set it ablaze.”

Asked if it could be attributed to unknown gunmen ravaging the South-east zone, Oragwuncha said it was not clear, but the community hopes that security agents would fish out the perpetrators, and set out appropriate sanction on them.

He added that a combined team of security men, consisting of police and the military has visited the palace for assessment.

When THISDAY reached out to the spokesperson of Anambra State Police Command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, he said he was not aware of the incident.

“I am not aware of that incident, but I will check and get back to you soon,” he said.

At the time of filing this report, Ikenga was yet to confirm the attack on the palace of the monarch.

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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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