A traditional ruler has died after he was reportedly beaten mercilessly by his subjects in Enugu state.
The late Igwe Stephen Nwatu
Details have emerged of how the traditional ruler of Ogbosinne Autonomous Community, in Nkanu West Local Government Area, Igwe Stephen Nwatu was reportedly beaten to death by his subjects on Monday, June 11th.
It was gathered that Igwe Stephen Nwatu was beaten up after he attempted to stop some of his kinsmen from attending a meeting with the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
The monarch allegedly ordered his driver to overrun his subjects who were adamant about going for the meeting. The driver refused to obey the monarch’s order and as the driver made an attempt to reverse the monarch’s car, he mistakenly knocked down an elderly man and crushed his legs.
This got the youths infuriated and about 200 of them descended on the monarch and gave him the beating of his life. He was rushed to the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, (ESUTH) Parklane, where he died from the injuries he sustained from the beating.
Speaking on the matter, the chairman of the local council, Henry Okenwa said: “I was informed about the incident on Monday afternoon and I rushed to the Parklane Hospital where I met him unconscious. He was later revived and he spoke with me. So, I left the hospital to allow him to get more stabilised.
“Regrettably, around 1 a.m. I received another call that the traditional ruler has passed on. I equally rushed back to the hospital where I found it to be true. We made efforts to deposit him to the mortuary. Since Monday night police have been battling to ensure that there was peace. The burning of houses might have started after the police left the community and I have briefed the governor. As we speak, I am with the commissioner of police discussing the situation.”
Also speaking, the spokesperson of the state police command, Superintendent Ebere Amaraizu, said the investigation is ongoing and that those behind the attack will be brought to book.
“The command through the operatives of the state criminal intelligence and investigations department has commenced a full-scale investigation into the incident with a view to finding out the circumstances surrounding the incident as well as those involved amongst other things,” Amaraizu said.