From Ochei Matthew, Asaba
Soldiers and anti-riot police men have been drafted to Ubulu-uku community in Aniocha South Council area of Delta State following protests by aggrieved youths over the kidnap and subsequent death of their monarch, HRM Obi Edward Ofulue III.
The king, who was abducted by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen on January 5, 2016 was found dead on Thursday in the forest between Umunede in Delta and Ekpon in Edo-State.
According to the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu on Friday, the corpse of the traditional ruler was found already decomposing with another corpse beside it.
The police spokesperson said security was beefed up in Ubulu-uku community in order to avoid any breakdown of law and order.
When The Dream Daily visited the area on Friday, it observed that all roads leading into the community were barricaded by aggrieved youths who brandished cutlasses and sticks, chanting war songs. They also lit bonfire on the major roads, stopped vehicular movement into the community.
All the government offices, including courts, private and public secondary and primary schools were shut, including the market and shops as their owners protest the death of their Obi.
Chairman of the local Government, Chief Isaac Anwuzia, described the act as evil and unpardonable, maintaining that his office would do all within its powers to ensure that justice was meted to those who abducted and eventually murdered the Obi.
The Ubulu-Uku vigilante chairman, Chief James Adoh, lamented that all their efforts to rescue their traditional ruler ended in vain. Chiefs of the community were in a series of meeting at the palace when The Dream Daily visited.
However, in a statement yesterday the state police command disclosed: “information was received by the DPO Umunede Division that two unidentified male corpses in decomposing state were found in a bush within Umunede at the boundary between Delta and Edo states. Consequently, detectives moved to the scene and photographed the corpses while efforts are on to evacuate the corpses to hospital for autopsy.
“Meanwhile one of the corpses has been identified as that of the Obi of Ubulu-Uku by his family members’’