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Six arrested over Delta chieftaincy crisis

07 August 2013, 09:07

 Asaba - The Police in Delta on Tuesday arrested six suspects in connection with a chieftaincy crisis in Iwherekan Community in the Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state.

The Public Relations Officer of the Delta State Police Command, Lucky Uyabeme, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba that the crisis erupted with the installation of one Mr William Kushone as the king of the community.

He said that the community described the installation of Kushone as illegal because there was a reigning king, the Okobaro of Ughievwe Kingdom in the community, recognised by the State Government.

Uyabeme noted that two persons sustained injuries from matchete cuts, while a vehicle belonging to the chairman of the community was damaged.

“Consequently, the police team in synergy with the military patrol team moved to the community and arrested Kushone, the illegal king.

“Other arrested persons are Abu Jabor, Junior Avwavwarie, Emmanuel Egbinne, Emmanuel Obokporie and Kingsley Egbimie,''  he said.

The spokesman said that injured persons were now receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital, adding however, that the situation was now under control.

He said that the arrested suspects had been charged to court for alleged attempt murder, malicious damage and conduct likely to cause the breach of peace.

Uyabeme, however, warned against violence, advising residents of the state to always seek legal means in resolving conflicts.

 - NAN

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