The Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has condemned in strong terms the killing of the monarch of Ubulu-Uku, His Royal Majesty Obi Edward Akaeze Ofulue III.
Governor Okowa, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, said that the death of the monarch has opened a sacrilegious chapter in the 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.
The Governor further said, “It was sad that a reigning king was abducted but an unheard-of fact was his murder in the most dehumanizing 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.”
Mr Okowa vowed that King Edward’s death would mark a new vista in the battle against kidnapping and other violent crimes in the state.
He called on parents to warn their wards about the companies they keep as the state was out to make a guinea pig of anybody found to be culpable in related crimes.
His Royal Majesty, Obi Akaeze Ofulue the III, was held for about two weeks by his abductors but his body was found in the thick bush of Umunede, Ika Local Government Area on Thursday morning.