JUST IN: Gunmen Kidnap Delta Monarch, Injure Two Palace Aides

The traditional ruler of Ogodor and Chairman of Aniocha North Traditional Rulers Committee, HRM Sunday Olisewokwu has been reportedly abducted by unknown gunmen who invaded his palace over the weekend.

Ogodor is an agrarian community in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.

Dependable source from the area disclosed that the abduction may not be unconnected to his role in the festering Royal crisis rocking Idumuje Ugboko Kingdom in Aniocha North local government area.

A family source who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the monarch was abducted at the weekend, wounding two of his aides in the heat of the abduction

Recently, Obi Olisewokwu, had in a letter addressed to the Permanent secretary, Directorate of chieftaincy Affairs, Deputy Governor’s office Asaba, on behalf of Aniocha North kings, dated 3rd May 2018, titled ”RE -APPOINTMENT OF PRINCE JUSTIN OREZE CHUKWUNONSO NWOKO AS THE OBI OF IDUMUJE UGBOKO KINGDOM” warned that non adherence to established procedure in crowning a new obi could ”lead to mayhem” and unprecedented violence in Idumuje Ugboko.

In the letter signed by the obi of Ogodor and the secretary of Aniocha North traditional rulers committee, Mr. Nwaokolo Louis, the traditional rulers noted that beyond customary guidelines for royal ascension ”there are many court cases challenging the enthronement of Nonso Nwoko of which the Aniocha North traditional rulers committee is a party.”

Some observers are linking the abduction to the position of the chairman, and members of the Traditional council of the area, on the lingering crises in Idumuje Ugboko Royal dispute, as the counsil had insited that due process be followed in the face of several court cases on the issue of the right person to ascend the throne.

Recently, tension rose in the Idumuje Ugboko community when the Senator representing Delta North visited the community, was welcomed by Prince Nonso Nwoko where he reportedly received “royal blessings” from Nonso Nwoko on behalf of the Idumuje Ugboko people.

The Iyase (Prime Minister) of Idumuje-Ugboko, Chief Chris Ogwu in a letter faulted the ascription of Nonso Nwoko as the Obi of the community.

As at the time of filling this report, the state police command has not responded to enquiry on the abduction.

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Blank NEWS Online founding Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Albert Eruorhe Ograka, is a Graduate of Mass Communication. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ).

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