Unknown persons suspected to be hoodlums on Thursday afternoon set the palace of His Royal Highness, Eze Obi Ralph Ekezie, on fire in Imo State.
Ekezie is the traditional ruler of Obor Autonomous Community, a neighbouring community to Omuma, Gov Hope Uzodinma’s hometown in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo.
Quoting an eyewitness, Daily Post reported that the arson caused some damages to the monarchs’ property and two other buildings around his community.
The source also said that the fire was later brought under control by the combined efforts of good-spirited individuals in the community.
Reacting to the incident, the monarch blamed those he called enemies of progress in his community for torching his palace.
The traditional ruler said that he was monitoring the development from his abode in Owerri, capital of Imo State.
A sad Ekezie disclosed that the level of damage can’t be ascertained until he gets home tomorrow.
When contacted, the Imo State police spokesman, Michael Abattam, said the command was unaware of such incident.