Bight Newspaper reports that the Nigerian Army has on Friday released the detained monarch of Ewu Kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, His Royal Majesty King Clement Ikolo, following the intervention Senator Representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ede Dafinone and other Delta representatives in the National Assembly.


The released Delta Monarch, HRM Clement Oghenerukevwe Ikolo

Bight Newspaper gathered that the monarch was released to Senator Ede Dafinone by the military authority at about 11am today with understanding that the senator will make the king available should his attention be needed.

According to a statement issued by Senator Dafinone, the monarch whom was met in healthy condition alongside the company of his immediate family was released by the military after the intervention of the Delta Central representative, his Delta North and Delta South counterparts, Senator Ned Nwoko and Senator Joel Onovwakpo-Thomas respectively.

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“The Monarch who is in good spirit was surrounded by his wife and other family members as during the military briefing of journalist before his release. ” Dafinone said.

The three Delta senators on Tuesday, had met with the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Christopher Musa, seeking the release of the monarch, whom they believe may not be connected to the crisis that claimed the lives of the soldiers and some civilians.

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“As a follow up to the visit to the CDC on Wednesday, Senator Dafinone accompanied by Senator Ned Nwoko, also visited the Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps and they were granted audience with King Clement Ikolo and was relieved to see that the King is in good health.” The statement added.

It will be recalled also that the HRM King Clement Ikolo has been held by the Nigerian military for over two weeks and has been assisting the Army with their investigation on the killing of 17 men and officers of the Nigerian Army in Okuama in Ughelli South Local Government Area.

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The King was one of those declared wanted by the Nigerian Army on March 14th 2024 in the aftermath of the Okuama crisis leading to the death of soldiers and civilians including women and children and he submitted himself to the police to assist in the investigation.


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