Azike, who was said to have been kidnapped by his assailants on Thursday, was found lifeless at the town’s market square in the early hours of Friday.
“His lifeless body was dumped at the market square, and the villagers discovered it this morning,” residents were quoted to have said.
He was kidnapped on Thursday, and after that, the community was invaded, which led to the killing of four persons, residents further said.
Chairman of Traditional Rulers Council/ Community Policing in the state Emma Okeke expressed shock at the monarch’s death.
He described the killing of a monarch as an abomination in Igboland.
“We have got the sad news about the killing of Eze Edwin Azike,” he said.
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“We are not politicians, we are only custodians of the culture of our people. We were informed on Thursday when he was kidnapped, only for him to be found dead, this morning.”
The Imo State Police Spokesman Abattam Micheal could not be reached for comments, as calls repeatedly put to his phone by this reporter were not picked.
He also did not respond to a short message sent to him.
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