*A new monarch allegedly installed in Agbarho kingdom
The embattled monarch of Agbarho kingdom in Ughelli North LGA, His Royal Majesty Samson Ogugu, the Osuivie of Agbarho has reaffirmed that he remained the king of the kingdom, even though unconfirmed report has it that a new monarch has been installed Monday after he was chased out Sunday morning from the palace by gunmen.
HRM Samson Ogugu disclosed from his hideout in somewhere in Delta state on Monday, said ‘‘ I remain the paramount ruler of Agbarho kingdom. Some persons wanted me death so that they can install a new king who will be taking authority from them. I have not committed any offence against individual or the kingdom. But few cabals led by General E.O Obada (Rtrd) wanted me death at all cost.
‘‘They sent assassins to kill me in a broad day with guns. They shot sporadically into the air in my palace. But my God escaped me from their hands.
‘‘I left my palace 30 minutes acting on information before the arrival of the gunmen. They beat up my policemen, including my children. Some of them threatened to shoot at my son.
‘‘They carted away my costly royal beats worth N4million. From what my wife told me, the gunmen ransacked and carted away unquantifiable millions of nairas’’ he told journalists in Warri.
Continuing ‘‘Nobody has the monopoly of violence and if I respond to their rascality in equal measure, the whole Agbarho town will run. And I don’t want to do that because I am a man of peace.
‘‘I am calling on the Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Commissioner of Police and President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene immediately in the matter and arrest anybody behind the palace coup, attempting to kill and overthrow a government gadgeted king at gunpoint.
‘‘It is a pity the police in Agbarho have compromised and while my palace was overtaken by the gunmen, the Police was with them celebrating my palace invasion with the gunmen and their masterminds’’ he said
Meanwhile, unconfirmed report has it that one Chief William Onokpite has been installed on Monday evening at the palace as the new monarch of Agbarho kingdom by the opposition force amidst tight security.