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Delta State Traditional Leader Arrested Over Murder of 3 Persons

Fresh crisis is now brewing in Ekpan, Uvwie Local Govern­ment Area of Delta State, following the arrest of the traditional head (Unuev­woro) of Ekpan commu­nity, in connection with the alleged murder of three persons by security agents in the state.

Agbofodoh was arrested by the men of the anti-kid­napping squad of the Delta State Police Command.

He was alleged to have been responsible for the killings of John Mugidi, Jo­seph Utuedor and Edigbe Ikpesa.

Ekpan which plays host to the Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company (WRPC) including several oil multinational compa­nies in the state, has been engulfed in leadership cri­sis.

The recent arrest of the community head, has further heightened ten­sion in the community

It was gathered that the factional leadership of the community which is also alleged to be loyal to the Delta State Government instigated the arrest of the Ekpan traditional head.

A community leader, Mr. Blessing Oghori, who narrated how the com­munity head was arrested, debunked the murder al­legation leveled against the Ekpan traditional head.

Oghori, who con­demned the arrest, said: “What is happening now is unhealthy for peace and security in Ekpan. The community under the au­thority of the Unuevworo has been very peaceful for some time now. Everybody is going about his normal business.

“It is shocking that with­out an arrest or search war­rant, the police and army with internal collabora­tors can invade the home of such a personality, bru­talise and take him out like a common criminal.

He added: “At about 2.45pm, men of the Nige­rian Army and mobile po­licemen stormed his com­pound in the Delta state’s Waterways to take him away. There was no warrant of arrest but he didn’t argue with them.

“The soldiers and mobile policemen numbering over a hundred were guided by community informants op­posed to Chief Agbofodoh. The informants I can iden­tify very well were wearing camouflage and bearing guns too.

“Immediately the army held Chief Agbofodoh, the community informants at­tacked and break his head with a gun. They then dragged him naked inside a vehicle and took him to the Warri Area Command. The man was really messed up in the presence of the police who did nothing about it.”

Residents of the area told our correspondent on Sat­urday those youths loyal to both leadership factions were engaged in gun duel all through Friday night to early Saturday creating panic among residents.

Uneasy calm pervades the volatile Ekpan com­munity under the cir­cumstance with residents concerned about probable break down of law and un­der between factions loyal to Chief Agbofodon and the opposition which al­leged orchestrated his ar­rest.

Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Com­mand, DSP Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the arrest, said the Uvwie leader is presently undergoing in­terrogation.

In a situation report sent to our correspon­dent, Kalu said, “At about 1520hrs 17/06/2016, one Chief Newton Agbofodoh was arrested at Ekpan by a team of anti-kidnapping Opts ACPOL Warri led by Inspector James Daniel in connection with murder of John Mugidi on 16/5/16, and murder of Joseph Utu­edor on 27/5/16;

“The Murder of Edigbe Ikpesa sometime in Oc­tober 2012, and the Delta Mall robbery/wanton de­struction in January 2016. The suspect is linked to se­ries of killing within Ekpan and effort is being intensi­fied to arrest his cohorts.”

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