BY Emma Amaize
WARRI – POLICE in Delta State, yesterday, declared 25 persons, including self-styled new monarch of Abavo Kingdom, Ika South Local Government Area of the state, Chukuma Jegbefume, some members of the royal family and two lawyers wanted.
The wanted persons were accused of promoting native war and violence against the reigning monarch, Obi Uche Irenuma II.
Also, 19 members of the community, arrested last week, over the Abavo imbroglio had been charged to court and remanded in prison custody.
Meanwhile 12 kidnap suspects were arrested in the last one week. Spokesperson of the state Police Command, Mr. Charles Muka, who confirmed the manhunt for the 25 persons, advised them to report to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Asaba.
He said, “The suspects undermined all the peaceful moves and counsel of the command to settle the matter or go to court, instead, they resorted to violence. One Chukwuma Jegbefume was unlawfully crowned the Obi of Abavo, whereas there is a sitting Obi, an act which amounted to native war and violence.”
He said the 19 suspects were charged for conspiracy, managing an unlawful society, engaging in riotous assembly, conducting themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of public peace, malicious damage, assault, attempt to commit felony and promoting native war against the Obi and people of Abavo.”
On the 12 kidnap suspects, he said one of the suspects, Junior Okotie, was arrested int Auchi, Edo State, where he went to sell a Toyota car, belonging to a kidnap victim, Pius Overuraye, who was later rescued from the kidnappers’ den at Kokori forest in Delta State.
The victim was kidnapped on July 16 at Ughomor town, near Warri by a four-man gang. Another victim, Dr. Nwaigbo Hypolite, was abducted in the premises Awele Hospital, Agbor on July 11 by a six-man gang.
Four of the suspects, all from neighbouring Anambra State, were arrested in Asaba while two others were trailed to Akwukwu Igbo in Oshimili North Local Government Area and caught in the process of collecting N2 million ransom from the wife of the victim, who was rescued unhurt.