Wanted Monarch Accused of Soldiers' Killing Turns Himself In to Police

The traditional ruler of Ewu an-Urhobo Kingdom, HRM Clement Oghenerhukewe Ikolo, has turned himself into the police after being declared wanted by the military in connection with the killing of 17 soldiers in the Okuama community, Delta State. Alongside seven others, Ikolo was implicated in the deaths of these soldiers, who were laid to rest in Abuja on Wednesday. President Bola Tinubu, speaking at their funeral, urged Okuama stakeholders to provide any relevant information that could aid in apprehending those responsible for the tragic incident.

Following Tinubu’s plea, the Defence Headquarters issued a list of eight wanted individuals, urging the public to assist in locating them. Despite previously denouncing the soldiers’ killings, Ikolo was stunned to find himself on the wanted list. In response, he expressed his disbelief, stating, “I just saw it (the list) on TV now. I will call you back because I am with my lawyer.” Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bright Edafe, confirmed Ikolo’s surrender and subsequent custody.

In a video statement released before his surrender, Ikolo vehemently denied any involvement in the killings, emphasizing his commitment to peace and justice. He expressed his dismay at being implicated, highlighting ongoing disputes within the kingdom and efforts by the state government to reconcile conflicting parties. Ikolo underscored his lack of involvement in the kingdom’s governance, focusing on establishing a functioning traditional council and restoring order in the community.

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