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Police arrest Warri chief, aides

By Emma Arubi
WARRI — A PROMINENT Chief and retired Army Colonel, and two of his boys were, Sunday, whisked away by security operatives from Alagbon over alleged breach of the peace in Kantu community in Warri South-West Council Area of Delta State.

The chief of Gbaramatu Kingdom was arrested along side two of his boys at the “A” Division of the Police in Warri where he was said to have gone to effect the release of the duo.

Vanguard gathered that his arrest was in connection with the youth leadership crisis in the oil-rich community as to which faction was the authentic youth body.

While the community head Olara-Aja-in-council, retired Justice John Eyiangho, has sworn-in the Ayiri Emami-led executive as the only authentic youth group, the arrested chief, the commu-nity chief priest and some elders had also sworn-in  another youth executive, thus leading to a breach of peace that is currently generating tension and bad blood within the town.

Pa. Eyiangho told Vanguard that he alone had the statutory right in-council to inaugurate the youth body, while the other camp argued that since Pa. Eyiangho does not reside in the community, he could not be the community head.

The Kantu community was razed to the ground by the Ijaws during the seven years Warri crisis and still  remains desolate till date.

Ayiri said the arrest was long over due, for formenting trouble in the community for a long time now, trying to pitch the Ijaws against the Itsekiri for selfish reasons.

He said the crisis in the town has no ethnic colora-tion, advising everyone to be law abiding at all times.
Confirming the arrest, the Divisional Police Officer, “A” Division Warri, Mr. Okon, a Police Superintendent said the operatives from Alagbon came with a petition and list of names of all those they were looking for, adding that his station was not aware of the problem in Kantu village as it is outside his area of jurisdiction.


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