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News - South South - Delta Updated: March 07, 2024

Itsekiri leaders task IGP to fish out suspects who attacked Olu of Warri

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
March 07, 2024
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Itsekiri leaders, through the Ugbarajo Iwere Leaders Foundation (UILF), have charged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) with apprehending the culprits who attacked the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, in Okere community in Delta State's Warri south local government area on Saturday.

While denouncing the conduct, they stated that a gang of adolescents' attack on the king was unnecessary.

At an emergency meeting of the UILF in Warri, Delta State, on Wednesday, the foundation cast its support behind the monarch.

Hon Emmanuel Orugbo, a member of the foundation's publicity committee, made the position known while addressing journalists after the meeting on Wednesday. 

He urged young people in the Warri kingdom to engage in fruitful ventures to reduce the temptation to be susceptible to restiveness and use by disgruntled elements in society.

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“This group of people have for the past year been terrorizing the Okere community with the idea of advancing their ideology of rejecting the successful succession of the 21st Olu of Warri to the throne.

“While we agree that minorities, and in the extant case, most micro-minorities can have their say, their say has to be within the ambit of the law.

“These old men, who present themselves as youths, cannot be allowed to continue to run riot the way they have been doing for the past two years.

“We recall that this group of ‘youths’ has, on multiple occasions in the past, attacked, injured and damaged the properties of persons they perceive to hold any contrary views to theirs.

“The attacks, which have resulted in a couple of lawsuits that are still pending in court, have successfully established a regime of fear in the Okere people who cannot, for this reason now, sleep well at night; their economic lives have gone down the drain.

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“We find it bizarre that this group of people could develop the boldness to attempt to disrupt the visit to the community of His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, CFR, the Olu of Warri kingdom.

“Even though their attempt was unsuccessful, as a foundation, we shall work with all well-meaning sons and daughters of the Warri kingdom to identify and encourage that every possible sanction within the law be meted to the culprits to ensure that such deviant behaviours are completely discouraged in the future,” he vowed.

He stated further: “We remain unflinchingly supportive of His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III CFR, the Olu of Warri, who remains a pride not just to Warri kingdom but to Delta State and Nigeria in general. We call for respect for the rule of law and the traditional institution.”

Meanwhile, four individuals have been detained and charged with the attack on the Olu of Warri.

The suspects were arraigned in charge No. FHC/WR/18c/2024 before the Federal High Court in Warri on four counts of terrorism, cybercrime, and conspiracy, including attempted murder.

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The case has, however, been postponed until April 2, 2024, and the four defendants have been held at the Warri Correctional Facility.

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