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Okuama killing: Delta state police transfers traditional ruler to military authority



The Delta State Police Command has handed over Clement Ikolo, the traditional ruler of Ewu kingdom in Ugheli South Local Government Area, to military authorities. SP Bright Edafe, the command’s spokesperson, confirmed the transfer to reporters in Warri on Friday.

Ikolo, who surrendered to the police in Asaba on Thursday, was subsequently transferred to the military.

He is one of eight individuals wanted by the military for their alleged involvement in the recent killing of 17 soldiers in Okuama Community, Ughelli South.

The soldiers were ambushed and killed on March 14, 2024, while on a peacekeeping mission to Okuama community.

Also declared wanted alongside the royal father were the President-General of Ewu, Prof. Arthur Ekpekpo, Andaowei Bakriri, Akevwru Omotegbono, Akata David, Sinclear Oghenerukevwe, Reuben Baru, and Igoli Ebi.

Before surrendering to the police, Ikolo claimed his innocence in the incident, expressing shock that his name appeared on the wanted list.

He asserted that he had no involvement in the killings and emphasized his commitment to reconciliation efforts within the kingdom.

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