Just when communities in the South-south had thought that the scourge of the herdsmen was over, Agbarha kingdom, a community in Delta state, was invaded by the dreaded group on Wednesday, December 22.
While the herdsmen kidnapped the traditional ruler of the kingdom Orhifi Enemor II, another royal father, Okukeren III, Ovie of Arhavwarien, an Urhobo Kingdom, was lucky to have escaped abduction.
The abductors were reported to have set an ambush for Enemor II, while he was on his way to Asaba for the monthly meeting of traditional rulers. The abduction took place just after Osisa Bridge in Ndokwa East local government area. The royal family said the kidnappers have already contacted them, demanding for a N50 million ransom.
According to the king’s family;
“They have made contact, asking that they want N50 million. The monarch told his abductors, who reportedly spoke Hausa language, that he is a royal father and offered them money to release him, but they refused.
“They removed his crown and bundled him (Ovie of Agbarha kingdom) into the bush just like they did to the Ubulu Uku monarch, the late Obi Ofulue, who they took hostage and killed last year.”
Information about the abduction has already been related to the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa and the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the kidnapped and said the police were already on the hunt for the suspected kidnappers.
Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammed Saad Abubakar has dismissed assumptions that the Fulani herdsmen are responsible for the spate of gruesome killings across the country.
The Sultan, who spoke against the backdrop of recent clashes between suspected Fulani herdsmen and host communities, noted that the Fulani people are not murderers.