Indigenes of Igbariam community in Anambra East local government area of Anambra State have decried recent assassination attempt on their monarch, Eze Dr. Nkeli Nzekwe Kelly.
They described the “palace coup”, as sacrilegious, insisting that thorough investigation be carried out by the police to fish out the perpetrators.
Speaking with newsmen on Monday at the monarch’s palace, a member of the community, Uche Okafor said investigation carried out by the community alleged an indigene(name withheld) masterminded the attack.
He however said the suspect had been at large since the incident happened and efforts to trace his whereabouts had been unsuccessful.
Appreciating God for sparing the lives of the monarchs and other victims, Okafor disclosed that no fewer than sixteen persons had been arrests in connection to the incident.
“Eight persons were shot but three sustained injuries. Sixteen persons have been arrested and some have confessed to the crime.
Narrating his ordeal, the traditional ruler of the community, said he had finished holding a meeting with his colleagues when the assassins stormed his palace.
He said, “I had excused myself to go and ease myself and as soon as I returned to take my seat, the next thing I heard was a gun shot.
“The seat I sat on was shattered. If you see the seat which is now with the police, you wouldn’t believe the person on it survived.”
He said he had to cancel a journey he had planned embarking on as a result of the injury he sustained.
While thanking God for saving him and his cabinet members involved in the incident, the monarch said he had forgiven his assailants for their ignorance.
He also thanked the DPO of the area for his quick response to his distressed call.
He said, “I’ve forgiven whoever that committed the dastardly attack because they were ignorant of what they did. If they had known they wouldn’t have succeeded, they wouldn’t have made the attempt in the first instance.
“All I plead is that they come back home and face the community.”
President General of the community, Chief Ikechukwu Orizu, aligned with the monarch, calling for calm as investigations were ongoing.