Unidentified gunmen have shot dead Eze Victor Ijioma,the traditional ruler of Orsu Obodo in Oguta local government area of Imo State.
Also in the same Oguta local government, the Isama of Mgbele (the traditional prime minister) of Mgbele community was brutally murdered.
The two leaders were killed in a separate operation.
The Orsu Obodo monarch was accosted at Umuamaka Junction in the neighbouring Izombe town, where he was killed inside his car.
It was further learned that the assassins, who were not satisfied with his death, went ahead to set his corpse ablaze inside his car.
However, the Mgbele community leader was said to have been killed in his town.
Our correspondent learnt that military and other security operatives had stepped up surveillance in Izombe, Mgbele and the communities around the area in their bid to fish out the perpetrators, who were now operating like ghost killers.
One of the sources said: “The Eze, Igwe of Orsu Obodo was accosted while he was driving at Umuakama Junction in the afternoon.
“They shot him, and they set him ablaze inside his car and left the scene.
“As I am talking to you now, soldiers and other security operatives are currently combing the villages in search of the killers”.
Police spokesperson in Imo State, Henry Okoye, is yet to confirm the story as at the time of filing this report.
Additional details from Ukpska