Attackers who entered a Nigerian local chief’s home on false pretences before shooting him and three others dead will now face the “full wrath of the law”, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.
Police believe the gunmen were Biafran separatists posing as “distressed” passers-by who needed urgent help.
As the chief listened to their story, they pulled out their guns and opened fire.
It is not clear why the traditional ruler, Eze Ignatius Asor, was targeted.
But Monday’s attack in Imo state is the latest of a string of killings in the south-east.
The secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) – which police blame for these killings and rising violence in the south-eastern region – has not yet commented.
Two of the people killed in Monday’s attack in Oguta were aides to the traditional ruler.
In his statement, President Buhari condemned what he called a “heinous” killing, describing the attack as a “dastardly act”.
The gunmen also attacked the office of a community…