Update: Police declare man wanted for murder of Enugu monarch
The Enugu state police command has declared one Chijioke Okenwa wanted for allegedly masterminding the murder of Igwe Steven Nwatu, the traditional ruler of Ogbozine Akpugo, a community in the Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State on Monday June 11th.
Recall that some youths in the area physically assaulted the monarch when he tried to stop them from going for a meeting with the state governor, Ifeanyi Uguwanyi. He later died in hospital.
Reacting to the incident, the spokesperson of the state Police command, Ebere Amaraizu, said preliminary investigation shows that Okenwa was the brain behind the attack. Amaraizu said an arrest warrant has been issued against 48-year-old Okenwa who is an indigene of Ogbozine Akpugo community and is a businessman at the Alaba International Market, Lagos.
“The Enugu State Police Command is advising members of the public with useful information about how the suspect can be traced to report to the nearest police station or contact the command,” Amaraizu said
The monarch was attacked by his subjects and beaten to a pulp. He was rushed to the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, (ESUTH) Parklane, where he was confirmed dead.