Gunmen, on Monday, invaded the Obudi Agwa community in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, killing five persons, including the traditional ruler of the community, Eze Ignitus Asor.
Daily Trust reported that some armed youths stormed the palace of the traditional ruler where a dispute between locals were being arbitrated and opened fire on him.
Aside from the traditional ruler, two palace chiefs and two other members of the community, were shot dead.
Others, including the traditional prime minister, Chief Stephen Ajoku, sustained gunshot injuries.
The invading youths later stormed a neighbouring community, Mgbala, allegedly killing a pregnant woman and a local security officer.
A community source said that the cause of the shooting was not known as the victims were taken unawares.