Delta - Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has condemned the gruesome murder of Obi Ofulue III, the Obi of Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state and promised to unmask the assailants.
Okowa spoke on Monday, during a condolence visit to the Obi’s Palace at Ubulu-Uku. The governor assured members of the Obi-in-Council and the people of Ubulu-Uku that security operatives would unmask those involved in the heinous crime that led to the death of the traditional ruler.
Okowa described the incident as unfortunate and terrible, adding that a promising traditional ruler in the state had to be killed in his prime. "This is terrible, this is something nobody prays for, unfortunately, it has happened, he was one of the promising traditional rulers we had in the state; a peace-builder, and at all times you see the royalty in him.
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"It is my prayer and the prayers of all Deltans that the almighty God will give the people the fortitude to bear this loss. ‘’God alone gives peace and may He give you (the people of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom) the peace of mind required to take the next step in going forward.
“The police have made some arrests, the State Security Service and other security agencies are working to unravel what happened. "Our country is being bedeviled by one manner of kidnapping and abduction or the other. ‘’We never knew that it would deteriorate to a level where a royal father would be abducted and murdered," the governor lamented.
Okowa called for calm saying, “as we mourn, we must ensure that there is peace in the community".
Joseph Obaze, Secretary to the Obi-in-Council, who responded on behalf of the council, commended the efforts made by the governor and security agencies during the trying period.
He said: “This has never happened in the history of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom and we would like the culprits to be brought to book."