Urhobo traditional rulers in Delta State have condemned the recent kidnap of the Odion-Ologbo of Olomoro Kingdom, HRM Josiah Umukoro Aghaza I, by unknown gunmen from his palace.
The Urhobo kings called for the unconditional release of their colleague, charging the security operatives to beef up security around traditional rulers whom they said have become soft targets for kidnappers.
Chairman of Urhobo Traditional Rulers Council, HRM Ovie Richard Layeguen Ogbon, the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom, made the call yesterday in Warri.
The 99-year-old Olomu monarch said, “It is abnormal for the kidnappers to kidnap a monarch, a revered king. We the Urhobo traditional rulers in Delta State cannot take this.
“The kidnap of the Olomoro king is highly condemnable as we had just lost the king of Ubulu-Uku through kidnap. It means that our security as traditional rulers is not guaranteed in the state.
“We demand the immediate and unconditional release of the Olomoro king by his abductors. Whoever touches a king touches a representative of God’s authority.
“We call on the security operatives to beef up security around the kings henceforth as we have become soft targets. We call on the state government not to be tired in the war against criminality.
“This kidnap of another king has left bad taste in our mouths. We call on the abductors to release him unharmed; God will forgive them if they do so. The abductors should know that royalty is not what one to toy with as there are grave consequences in such act.”
The Ohworode warned that if the Olomoro king was not released unconditionally without being hurt, the kidnappers stood the risk of losing their lives.
It would be recalled that the Obi of Ubulu-Uku, HRH Agbogidi Edward Akaeze Ofulue III was recently kidnapped in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State and was later killed by his abductors who dropped his corpse along Umunede bush.

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