Barely 24 hours Delta Monarch was kidnapped by Fulani herdsmen, Orhifi Orovwagbarha Agbarha-Ide Ememoh II, the Ovie of Agbarha-Warri Kingdom in the Warri South local government area of Delta state, has been rescued by the police.
According to a report on The PUNCH, the monarch was rescued by a team of local vigilante groups and the Delta state police command at approximately 3.12am on Thursday morning, December 22, 2016.
This was confirmed by a palace chief and the Delta state police commissioner, Zannah Ibrahim.
According to Ibrahim, the monarch would be conveyed to Asaba, where he was headed before the incident, but was relaxing in an undisclosed hotel as of the time of the phone conversation.
Ibrahim said the monarch was rescued after he led a team of hundred police operatives and 30 local vigilante groups to comb the Ossissa forest along the area where he was waylaid by suspected herdsmen who had earlier robbed vehicles plying the busy road in the state.
“The Ovie has been rescued by a police crack team personally led by me. The monarch’s abductors were fleeing with him to a different location after our men combed the entire bush in search for him.
“The monarch was abducted by herdsmen. They are very conversant with the bush even more than the indigenes. Our men sighted the movement of the hoodlums through a torch light and we shot into the air which they responded. They engaged us (police) in exchange of gunfire and left the monarch behind.
“There was laxity on the part of the driver who sighted the kidnappers robbing other vehicles but refused to reverse the car for safety. We have learned our lessons from the kidnap of the monarch. The lesson is that we all need to be alert and vigilant,” Ibrahim said.
He added that no arrest was made during the rescue operation but police operatives have been deployed in the area to smoke out the suspects.