Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has commiserated with the families of the late Monarch of Ubulu-Uku, HRM Obi Edward Ofulue III, the Kingdom of Ubulu-Uku and the entire people of Delta State over the untimely death of the late Monarch in the hands of his abductors.
In a statement issued by his chief press secretary and made available to Nigerian Pilot yesterday in Asaba, the governor said the death of Obi Edward Ofulue III has opened a sacrilegious chapter in history of the state and vowed that the state, under his watch, would ensure that the incidents of the abduction and his subsequent death would be thoroughly investigated.
“It is sad that a reigning king was abducted but an unheard of fact that he was murdered in the most dehumanising circumstances by his abductors, in the forest. I have directed an inquiry into this abominable act and call on Deltans, particularly the Kingdom and the security agencies, to work harmoniously to unearth the culprits,” he disclosed.
Governor Okowa noted that he had received, with shock, the news of the Obi’s abduction about 15 days ago and enjoined the people of Ubulu-Uku to close ranks in the course of this investigation.
He said King Edward’s death will mark a new vista in the battle against kidnapping and other violent crimes in the state and called on parents to warn their wards about the company they keep as the state was out to make a guinea pig of anybody found to be culpable in related crimes.
The governor, who underscored the place of security for peaceful and investor friendly environment, observed that it was against this background that his administration set up the committees on peace and security with prominent community leaders as members.
Senator Okowa noted that as part of enlightenment on the dangers of these violent crimes, the state has been sponsoring seminars in higher institutions across the state to sensitise the youths on the dangers and implications of these crimes to their career and the security of the state.

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