Gunmen on Tuesday afternoon killed three Traditional rulers at Nnenasa in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State.
Chief superintendent of police, Mike Abattam said the police were investigating the killings to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The slain traditional rulers have been identified as E. Duruebere of Okwudor autonomous community and Sampson Osunwa of Ihebinowerre autonomous community, both in Njaba.
The gunmen were said to have stormed a meeting of the traditional rulers with stakeholders at Nnenasa on Tuesday and opened fire, killing the two traditional rulers instantly.
The shooting caused those who attended the meeting to scamper for safety with many people at the scene sustained injuries.
In the same realm, Traditional rulers of the South East States, under the platform of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, from detention into the hands of the Igbo traditional and religious leaders.
They also want the President to show sagacity, pragmatism, statesmanship and fatherliness by causing the IPOB to be de-proscribed as a terrorist organization.
In a 15-paragragh statement signed by Eze Joseph N. Nwabeke, the Chairman, Abia State Tradtional Rulers Council; Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, the Chairman, Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council; Igwe L.O.C. Agubuzu, the Chairman, Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council and Eze Dr. E.C. Okeke, the Chairman Imo State Traditional Rulers Council, they also called on President Buhari to de-escalate the military presence in the South East zone.
The South East region of Nigeria has recently been experiencing high rate of insecurity, killings and other social maladies affecting the growth and development of the region.