Delta State government has condemned the alleged dethronement of the Obi of Abavo HRH Obi Irenume 1 and the subsequent installation of a new king, saying that the development was illegal and unacceptable.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay who announced this while briefing journalists at the end of the State Security Council meeting in Agbor, said the state government totally condemned the act and described it as ultra-vires, obnoxious and of no effect especially as the recognised Obi was still alive.
“Anybody crowned by the indigenes of a community and given a staff of office by the government is the accepted king. Nobody has the right to remove such a king except through the court of law”, he stated.
He warned those fomenting trouble in Abavo to desist from such un-holy act as the state government was ready to deal decisively with all those creating disorder and insecurity.
Comrade Macaulay said government has deployed security operatives to Abavo to maintain peace and curb the violence in the area.
“The Security Council has directed that henceforth landlords, relatives and family members of kidnap suspects and criminals on the run be arrested; this will make them give information to security agencies to aid them in arresting the suspect”, he added.
Macaulay said the Council also ordered the immediate closure of Lucy Quest House a kidnap den in Asaba, explaining that the closure became necessary because it has been confirmed that the Quest House was been used as a hideout for criminals.
His words: “the state Security Council ordered the closure of Lucy Quest House because it has been confirmed by the police that it is been used as a hideout for kidnap suspects and criminals.”