BREAKING: Police rescue abducted Delta monarch.

The traditional ruler, Ovie of Agbarha Kingdom, Delta State, Orhifi Enemor II, kidnapped, Wednesday, by suspected herdsmen has been liberated by the police and local vigilante.
Omojuwa.Com gathered that he was rescued Wednesday evening following manhunt by the police and locals in the area, who combed the bush for him.
Our informant said: “The search party saw him at a spot in the bush where the kidnappers, knowing that security agents were hot on their trail, abandoned him and fled. ”
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Andrew Animaka, had boasted when he spoke to Vanguard on Wednesday that the police would track down the criminals.

Igbo Monarch dies in accident

Igwe Ezeugwu Ugwuoke of Agbamere clan in Eha-Alumona in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, died in auto crash on Tuesday.

 

The Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu State, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed this in a statement released in Enugu on Tuesday.

 

He said the fatal accident happened on Tuesday at about 2.55 p.m. It involved a water tanker with registration number XA 405 ENU and one official traditional rulers’ car which claimed the life of the Enugu monarch.

 

“There was a head on collision between his Hyundai Elantral car with registration number HRH 183 ENU and the said water tanker.

 

“The royal father was coming from Odenigbo road to Total Round-about in Nsukka where he allegedly veered off his lane and reportedly collided with an on-coming water tanker.

 

“He (the royal father) was rushed to Bishop Shanaham Hospital, Nsukka where he was confirmed dead by a doctor on duty’’, Amaraizu said.

 

The statement said that the body of the royal father had been deposited in the same hospital’s mortuary.

 

“The police have already started investigation into the accident,” it said.

Suspended monarch sues Edo government, 11 others.

The traditional ruler of Uromi Kingdom in Esan North East local council of Edo, Anslem Eidenojie II has sued the state government and 11 others over his suspension.

The other respondents in the suit instituted at the Federal High Court in Benin City included the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole, the state Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, ASP Natuke, Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 5, the Inspector General of Police, the Nigeria Police Force, Betty Okoebor, Matthew Okoebor and members of the state executive council.

The counsel to Eidenojie, Benjamin Iluobe said his client wanted the court to declare that the action of the second respondent who is the governor of Edo State amounted to recklessness and abuse of office, unconstitutional, unlawful, actionable and without a just cause.

The plaintiff instituted the suit pursuant to Order 2 and 4 of the Fundamental Rights Procedure Rules 2009 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 among others. He wants an order of the court for the enforcement of his fundamental rights under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in terms of the reliefs sought in the statement in support of the application.

The monarch is also asking the court for general, aggravated and exemplary damages of N1 billion against the respondents jointly and severally as a reparation for the assault, torture, arrest, detention and harassment against him in the course of their acts.

He also prayed the court for an injunction restraining the defendants by themselves, agents, servants and or privies or such other persons from oppressing him or imposing any inhibition or restrictions on his freedom of movement or agents and family in respect of this complaint.

The suspended monarch also wants the court to order the respondents to tender public apology to him in respect of the complaint.

‘I Ate Bitter Leaves, Slept On Floor’ – Iba Monarch Recounts Ordeal

The Oniba of Iba community, Oba Goriola Oseni, who regained his freedom from kidnappers on Saturday, says he ate concoction prepared with bitter leaves while in captivity.

The monarch told Punch Metro in his palace on Sunday that he slept in a shanty built on water during the 21 days he was in captivity.

This is just as two of the suspected kidnappers said they collected N15m from the monarch’s family, adding that the money was collected in two batches.
The state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, who also addressed newsmen after the parade, said the government would continue to intensify security in the state. Continue….

Oba Goriola was abducted in his palace at about 8.30pm on Saturday, July 16, by some gunmen suspected to be Ijaw militants who attacked the community in two speedboats.

On Saturday, however, at about 7pm, the monarch returned to the palace, accompanied only by community youths who sighted him after he came out of a boat he had paddled.

Goriola told one of Punch correspondents that when the negotiation for ransom initially fell through, the kidnappers forced him to sleep on the floor for days and exposed him to mosquito bites.

He said, “On that Saturday, at about 9pm, I was listening to news in my bedroom when I heard gunshots.

“When I came into the sitting room, the gunmen were shouting, ‘This is the king’. I was in shorts and was about to enter a bathroom. They killed my palace guard, carried me into their speedboat and drove away into a swamp.

“The kidnappers asked if I had seen them before or we had done business before and I said no. They told me while driving away that they were contracted to kill me, but they had changed their mind. They said I should cooperate with them. I told them they should rather cooperate with me and treat me like their father.

“The hideout was a shanty built on water. There were about six shanties on the water. They covered my eyes while we were in the speedboat. I fainted at a point, but they still dragged me.

“When we got there, they allowed me to take my bath. On Sunday, they assured me that they would take me back to the palace. Around 5pm on the third day, they called my family members. They were Ijaw youths; they spoke the language and prepared bitter leaf concoctions, which we ate.

Any time they brought up the matter of ransom and my family members begged them, they would start arguing in the shanty. They would carry guns and start threatening me. But their boss instructed them not to manhandle me.”

Goriola said after the first ransom was paid, the gang split into two and a fresh ransom was demanded by the new group.

He said, “My children paid the first ransom. The ringleaders among the kidnappers spent the money and did not share it with the other members and they became angry. One of the ringleaders said he was going to the city and asked what he should buy for me. I asked for sausage roll. I did not know he was running away.

“On the second week, about 12 gunmen showed up and said they would now start a fresh negotiation. They said if my children did not cooperate, they would abandon me in the creek and run away. They maltreated me and made me sleep on the floor. They removed the mattress and the bedspread.”

The monarch explained that the kidnappers brought out idols and made him swear he didn’t have more money than he claimed.

He said later, some of his family members brought the second ransom, adding that despite the payments, he was made to sleep on the floor and was bitten by mosquitoes.

He said, “When they eventually got both ransoms, they asked me to go. They brought me in a speedboat. When they heard one of them had been arrested by the police, they said they would take me back to the creek and I persuaded them not to, saying I would tell the police to release the suspect; they agreed.

“When they got halfway, they said the boat was faulty and asked me to find a canoe for myself. I found one by the bush and got into it. I paddled myself to the land.

“When I came to an expressway, I saw some youths playing football. They seemed not to know who I was. I asked them which way was to the king’s house. When I crossed the road, some youths saw me and ran to embrace me.

“I told the gunmen in the creek that it was God who permitted them to kidnap me, because I am not an easy prey. I told them I was putting on only shorts and that was why they could abduct me. And they said they knew.”

The monarch’s son, Saheed Oseni, told Punch Metro on Sunday that the money paid to the kidnappers was sourced without the involvement of the state government.

Saheed said the traditional ruler was hale and hearty, adding that the family was grateful to God for his safe return.

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Protest In Kebbi As Government Removes Monarch For Abusing Governor

The village head of Babban Dutsi in Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area of Kebbi State, Alhaji Umau Marafa, was yesterday removed for abusing Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, of the state, NewTelegragh reports. His removal was sequel to his involvement in active politics and for accusing Governor Bagudu of incapable of providing the right leadership in the state.

The village head was removed on the directive of the Deputy Governor, Ismail Yombe, who instructed the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs that the monarch should be removed.

Reacting to the sack of the monarch, supporters of the deposed village head and the villagers resorted to violent demonstration in protest against the decision which led to the burning of over 12 houses and a thatched food store.

But reacting to the allegation leveled against him while briefing newsmen yesterday, the deposed village head, Alhaji Umar Marafa, denied the allegation, saying that he neither abused Governor Bagudu nor was he involved in politics.

He said before the governor was elected, he was one of his ardent supporters. “I never abused Governor Bagudu, even when he was a senator; I supported him, talk less of now. I also don’t engage myself in politics.

My deposition was hatched by some politicians, but as you can see, my people love me,” he added.

Olubadan Of Ibadan Dies At 101

The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, is dead.

 

The monarch, who attained the age of 100 years in 2014, passed away Tuesday evening after he reportedly lost consciousness.

 

It was gathered last night that the monarch’s corpse has been taken to a morgue as at press time.

 

Other details about Oba Odulana’s death were sketchy as at press time.

 

When contacted, one of his sons, Prof. Femi Lana, declined comments on the incident.

 

The Personal Assistant to the late monarch, Chief Isiaka Akinpelu, however denied the death, saying it was a rumour. He said Oba Odulana still ate yesterday, adding that he was hale and hearty.

 

His death will throw the city into mourning after brouhaha over promotion of nine high chiefs on January 1 which pitted the Olubadan-In-Council against the state government.

 

 

Oba Odulana mounted the throne in 2007 as the 39th Olubadan of Ibadan land. He was the 17th Olubadan since the title was elevated from Baale Ibadan to the Olubadan in 1930. The first traditional ruler to bear the new title was Oba Okunola Abass who reigned from 1930-1946.

 

 

Next in line to the throne is the Balogun of Ibadan land, High Chief Saliu A.O. Adetunji

Don’t Give Up On Dialogue With Boko Haram, Monarch Urges FG

Worried by the increase in Boko Haram related attacks in the North East, the paramount  traditional ruler of Igbo-Ukwu Kingdom in Aguata Local Government of Anambara State,  Igwe Martin Eze has called on the sect to sheathe their sword and embrace dialogue which  they proposed to the Federal Government sometime ago.

In a statement, the royal father condemned the bloodbath which is already taking a terrible toll  on lives and property of innocent Nigerians and urged Boko Harram to cease hostility and  bloodletting in the country. “When lives are lost in such gruesome way, it creates fear and  scares investors away from our country. So, I’m begging them to stop the killings in the name  of Almighty God,” he said.

While calling on the Federal Government to adopt the carrot and stick approach in dealing  with the sect, Igwe Eze urged the government to dialogue with members of the sect that are willing to lay down their arms in the interest of peace.

Speaking on the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), the monarch lamented that the crisis has turned these Nigerians into refugees in their own country and commended Lagos  State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode for donating money to alleviate their suffering and  urged other Nigerians to emulate this kind gesture.

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Police Arrest Bauchi Monarch, Others Over Villager’s Death

The Police in Bauchi State have arrested three persons, including a village head, Mohammed Bello, in connection with the killing of a 25-year-old man in the Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Other suspects, Bature Abdul and Babangida Abdul, were arrested by police detectives attached to the Ningi Police Area Command of Bauchi State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, who said this in a statement on Wednesday, in Bauchi, recalled that in 2009, the deceased, Nasiru Audu, from Judo village in Ningi LGA, was declared missing and his whereabouts unknown.

He said since then, discreet investigation began and police detectives attached to the Ningi Police Area Command were dispatched to the village on a fact-finding mission to unravel the mystery surrounding the sudden disappearance of the deceased.

Mohammed, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said on October 17, 2015, at about 4.30pm, the police detectives discovered that the deceased was allegedly killed by Abdul, 35, of the same village over a minor misunderstanding.

He added that further investigations revealed that the suspect conspired with his elder brother, Babangida Abdul, and dumped the corpse of the deceased in a well.

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We Want Awolowo State, Monarch Tells Buhari

Paramount ruler of Remo Kingdom, Oba Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, Akarigbo of Remo has called on Presi­dent Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government to create Awolowo state out of Ijebu and Remo divisions of Ogun State.

The monarch told Daily Sun at the weekend that creat­ing Awolowo state would put an end to the controversies that have been trailing the cre­ation of Ijebu state since the agitation started decades ago.

Akarigbo said creating Awolowo state would mean immortalising the late premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the way Washington D.C. was created in memory of the late found­ing President of the United States of America, George Washington.

The rationale behind this, he said was that Ijebu and Remo have been agitating for the creation of a state out of the old Ijebu province.

He argued further that the place remained the only prov­ince in Nigeria today, which has not become a state out of the provinces created during the colonial era.

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Save Coastal Settlements, Bayelsa Monarch Appeals To FG

Chief Howells Levi, the paramount ruler of Olobia Community, Koluama in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa, has appealed to the Federal Government to protect their settlements from extinction.

Levi told media personnel on Monday at Yenagoa that a violent surge had, in July 2014, rendered hundreds of Koluama residents homeless as their homes were washed away by the Atlantic Ocean.

The monarch explained that the coastal community located along the Atlantic coastline in the state, had lost substantial territory to marine erosion and tidal surge, forcing residents to retreat.

According to him, the Federal Fishing Terminal constructed by the Federal Government has been washed away by the violent Atlantic tide which is still threatening to submerge the remaining settlements.  “Koluama is faced with erosion and the erosion is so serious that within the next five years, from what we see there, the name Koluama will no more (be) in the history of Bayelsa State.

“The people of Koluama want the government to protect the shore, so that we don’t want to be removed from that environment, government should protect the shore.

“The whole land is eroded, and we see that it is the company in that environment that has caused this problem for us, because of constant exploration activities.

“And so, we will like the government to come to our aid by securing the shore for us.”

He said that the environment of the oil rich area had also suffered the adverse effect of oil and gas exploration and regretted that the people were facing serious threats of losing their ancestral home land.

The traditional ruler also appealed to the Federal Government to provide social amenities to the coastal settlements to enable them have a sense of belonging.

Reacting to the claims made by the monarch, the General Manager of Policy, Government and Public Affairs at Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Deji Haastrup, said that the operations of the company were environmentally safe.

According to him, there is no scientific basis to link CNL’s activities offshore Bayelsa State to an ocean surge which is normally caused by a rise in sea level. “At CNL, we conduct our business in accordance with international best practices and in accordance with the highest ethical and environmental standards which helps to maintain the integrity of the environment wherever we operate.

“This includes offshore Bayelsa State. We have integrated environmental protection into every aspect of CNL’s activities and operations as prescribed by the company’s Policy of Protecting People and the Environment.”

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