By Emma Amaize

ASABA—GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, said, yesterday, that the police had made more arrests in connection with the kidnap and murder of the traditional ruler of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom, Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state, the late HRM Obi Edward Ofulue III.

The governor, at Ubulu-Uku when he paid a condolence visit to the people, said that the Department of State Services, DSS, had joined forces with Delta State Police Command to track down the fleeing suspects.

He said: “The Police have made some arrests and with the DSS and other security agencies, they are working to unravel what happened. Our country is bedeviled by one manner of kidnapping and abduction or another but we never knew that it would deteriorate to a level where a royal father would be abducted and murdered. It is very unfortunate.

“But I have the assurance of the Commissioner of Police and the State Director of DSS that they will continue with the investigation and we believe that they will get the culprits.”

Okowa, who was received at the Obi’s palace by members of the Obi-in-Council, described the murder of the king as shocking and unfortunate, saying, “This is terrible, this is something nobody prayed for, but unfortunately, it has happened. He was one of the promising traditional rulers we had in the state, a peace-builder and you saw the royalty in him all the time.

“It is my prayer and the prayer of all Deltans that the Almighty God will give the people the fortitude to bear this loss for God alone gives peace and may He give you (the people of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom) the peace of mind required to take the next step in going forward,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the palace chiefs, Secretary to the Obi-in-Council, Joseph Obaze, commended the efforts made by Governor Okowa and security agencies to ensure the return of their Obi, adding, “This has never happened in the history of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom and we want the culprits to be brought to book.”

 

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