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Published On: Tue, Feb 11th, 2014

Delta State:Abavo Monarch Collapses At Police Station

Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar

LAGOS FEBRUARY 11TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A Delta traditional ruler collapsed yesterday at the state police command headquarters after he was arrested for giving false information to the police.
The monarch was rushed to a private clinic.

Abavo kingdom in Ika South Local Government has been embroiled in a kingship tussle after some persons crowned Obi Chukwuma Sunday Jegbefume 111 as the new king.
The government waded into the matter and the police arrested over 20 persons. Nineteen others were declared wanted for breaching public peace.
The embattled monarch, Obi Uche Irenuma 11, who was invited by the police was arrested after he was accused of allegedly giving false information.
The monarch’s counsel, Festus Keyamo, who was represented at a news briefing in Asaba, said the monarch, fearing his mother had been kidnapped because he heard gunshots from her home, called the police commissioner, informing him of the development.
Keyamo said the DPO in Abavo found that the king’s mother’s home had been burgled by unknown persons.
He accused the police of hounding “an innocent, law-abiding citizen as a common criminal” and urged the inspector-general of Police to intervene. He also accused the police command of bias.
“We appeal to the inspector-general of Police to intervene. The police command is biased. The police are acting in line with the directive given to them by their paymasters. We were here last Friday and were asked to come back on Monday. Suddenly, the police are treating the monarch as a common criminal”.
Keyamo accused highly-placed politicians of being behind the ordeal of the traditional ruler.
He said his problem started when oil was discovered in his domain.
“The crisis in that community started as soon as an oil well was discovered by Pan Ocean. Some persons, interested in usurping the process for their personal aggrandisement, started waging war against the traditional ruler.
“In 2012 there was crisis over the oil wells. Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan waded into the dispute, directing that the police command should declare the hoodlums causing mayhem in the community wanted. The monarch has written petitions on threats to his life and family by some politicians interested in the oil in his community.
“These same disgruntled persons, who were declared wanted, wrote a frivolous petition against the ruler for allegedly inciting communal dispute. He was invited by the police command and he was accompanied by his chiefs. He gave the police his statement and was released on bail last week. After his release, some persons attacked his mother and he called the commissioner of police, complaining of gunshots coming from his mother’s home and he feared his mother had been kidnapped. The police found that the house had been burgled. The monarch, arriving at the command headquarters on Monday, was accused of giving false information. The ruler collapsed because he is hypertensive and was taken to hospital. As we speak, heavily-armed policemen from the command have surrounded the ward and requested he be released to them.”
Source: The Nation

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