Okpanam Kingdom in Oshimili North Local Government Area, Delta State has not known peace for some years now following intra-communal headship and land disagreements, but the matter came to a head when some gun toting police officers from Abuja stormed the community, December 19, last year, seized and whisked the Ugoani (traditional ruler), HRM Mbanefo Michael Ogbolu, to Abuja.

 

The obnoxious chapter in the homeland of Nigerian military and revolutionary officer, who played a leading role in the 1966 coup, the late Major General Chukuwma Kaduna Nzeogwu, was sacrilegious and like the height of infamy.

The audacity of it was that the police operatives from the Special Tactics and Weapons Division, Force Criminal Investigation Department, FCID, Abuja, rushed the monarch in a Gestapo style on his way back from an early morning service at the Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in the town, and drove him in a bus to Abuja, negating his plea to be allowed to pick his medications from home. 

 

As expected, the kingdom was thrown into disarray, as villagers smelt a rat over the treatment of their monarch. Secretary to Delta State Government, SSG, who is the  Akatakpo Enyi of Okpanam Kingdom, Chief Patrick Ukah, did all he could to stop the policemen, who appeared inflexible in their mission, from proceeding with the monarch by road, opting for a flight from Asaba to Abuja, but his mediation proved abortive.

However, the monarch was released on December 19, 2021 by the police in Abuja after obtaining his statement.