Suspected kidnappers have kidnapped Orhifi Orovwagbarha Agbarha-Ide Ememoh II, the Ovie (conventional ruler) of Agbarha-Warri Kingdom, within the Warri South Native Authorities Space of Delta State.
Our correspondent learnt that the Urhobo monarch was kidnapped on Wednesday alongside the Ughelli/Asaba Expressway close to Ossissa neighborhood within the Ndokwa-East Native Authorities Space of the state whereas travelling for a gathering in Asaba, the state capital.
We gathered that the abductors had opened a line of communication with the Agbarha-Warri Kingdom, demanding N50m ransom.
A high chief of the Agbarha-Warri kingdom, who spoke on situation of anonymity, confirmed the kidnapping of the normal ruler when contacted on the phone.
The supply stated, “Our monarch was travelling to Asaba, the state capital, to attend a safety summit when his convoy was waylaid by some armed males, who whisked him to an unknown vacation spot.”
A senior police officer within the state confirmed the king’s abduction, noting that the hoodlums had reached out demanding “an unspecified ransom earlier than the monarch may very well be launched.”
The Nationwide Coordinator, Niger Delta Peace Coalition, Mr. Zik Gbemre, accused safety operatives within the state of ineptitude for permitting hoodlums to be on the rampage.
He mentioned, “I can speak concerning the state of affairs in Warri as a result of NDPC has been inundated with the information of gradual resurgence of criminals within the space. It reveals we’re not safe. The impunity with which the criminals are working with out response from the police has change into alarming.
“On November 28, a driver of Chief Tunde Easy, named Emmanuel Ikemefuma Chidubem, was shot lifeless.
“The cocky robbers drove with glee, taking pictures by means of entrance of the Warri AC’s workplace with out response from the police.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Delta State Command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the monarch’s abduction, including that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, was main the rescue operation.
Anianmaka referred to as on the individuals of the state to assist the police with data that might result in the rescue of the normal ruler, in addition to nip the resurgence of kidnapping within the state within the bud.
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