Okuama: Army releases detained Ewu monarch

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The Ovie of Ewu Kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, His Royal Majesty King Clement Ikolo, who was detained by the Nigerian Army, has been released.

The monarch’s release came after the intervention of the senators representing Delta Central, North and South districts, Ede Dafinone, Ned Nwoko and Joel Onowakpo-Thomas, who visited the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Christopher Musa, on Tuesday, over the royal father’s continued detention by the Army.

It was gathered that the monarch was released to Senator Dafinone by the military authority at the Defence Headquarters at about 11am today (Friday).

Wife of the monarch and other family members were on ground to receive him.

The monarch had submitted himself to the Delta State Police Command which later handed him over to the military authority, after being declared wanted by the Nigerian Army for the killing of 17 men and officers in Okuama a community in his Ewu Kingdom.

As a follow up to the visit to the CDC, Senator Dafinone accompanied by Senator Nwoko, also visited the Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps after which they were granted audience with the traditional ruler.

The King was among eight persons declared wanted by the Nigerian Army in the aftermath of the March 14 Okuama incident which led to the reported death of many civilians, including women and children.