Damian Nwaigwe, the abducted traditional ruler of Mbutu Kingdom in Imo State’s Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area, has been rescued.

Around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, gunmen took the monarch from his palace.

The occurrence sparked fear in the community, and locals remained on high alert from the time of the incident until daylight.

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On Saturday, Micheal Abattam, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, stated the monarch had been retrieved ‘unharmed.’

“The abducted royal father, HRH Eze Damin Nwaigwe of the Mbutu Kingdom, was rescued unharmed and reunited with his family on 09/12/2021 at about 03:00 hours in his residence,” he stated.

This comes just hours after gunmen assassinated Edwin Azike, the traditional king of Atta Kingdom, in the state’s Njaba Local Government Area.

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After being kidnapped on Thursday, his body was discovered at the community’s market square on Friday morning.

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