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Delta monarch arrested by police over land dispute

A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

The Ogoani of Okpanam, Michael Mbanefo Ogbolu, who is the traditional ruler of Okpanam Kingdom, has been arrested by policemen over an alleged land dispute.

The monarch was whisked away to Abuja on his way from the church by armed men who operated in a Toyota Sienna on Sunday.

Speaking at the palace, Dominic Anyasi, a senior chief issued a 24-hour ultimatum for the monarch to be produced.

Also, Steve Okonta lamented that the entire community has been searching for the king without success.

Okonta said the manner the king was whisked away was a slap on the face of the entire Okpanam community, insisting that “our ancestors cannot forgive whoever is involved.

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Residents in the community speculated that the monarch was kidnapped.

Spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe, however, denied that the monarch was kidnapped.

He confirmed that the monarch was arrested by operatives of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID).

DSP Bright, however, did not clarify why the monarch was arrested.

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