The head of the Ukhiri community in the Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, Enogie Godwin Aigbe, was on Thursday reportedly beaten unconscious by suspected hoodlums from a neighbouring community.
The monarch, who is receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital, was said to have sustained deep machete cuts and gunshot wounds all over his body.
Several other members of the community were also reportedly injured in the attack.
An eyewitness, who was with Aigbe when the incident happened, said “Some boys came and started shooting again and the police started shooting tear gas into the palace; the Enogie noticed smoke inside the house and thought they had set the compound on fire, so he escaped through the back door to a nearby house and I ran out with him.
“It was when he was running that one of them spotted him and shouted that it was the Enogie; they ran after him, shot at him repeatedly and then hit him with a plank; he fell down and they descended on him with the plank, hitting his head, neck and legs, and shot at him at a close range.”
The younger brother to the Enogie, Sylvester Aigbe, urged security agencies to investigate the attack on the monarch and the alleged complicity of some policemen.