Sunday, May 02, 2021

Africa: Police get key to room housing Warri 400-year-old crown

The crisis rocking Warri Kingdom may soon be over as the key to the room housing the missing 400-year-old crown and other items has been found.

The Iyatsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief Johnson Atseleghe, and the suspended Ologbotsere of Warri, Chief Ayiri Emami, in company with other chiefs, reportedly met on Friday with the officer in charge of Anti-Vice in Zone 5 Police Command in Benin, SP David Okoro.

One of the chiefs, who attended the meeting, said the police had retrieved the keys of the room where the crown and other items were kept in the palace.

The chief, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “We were made to understand that the key to the room where the crown and other royal monuments where kept was with one of the chiefs.

“The embattled chief admitted that the keys were with him instead of the Uwangue of Warri Kingdom, the third ranking Chief Gabriel Awala. He had been with the keys until it was recovered from him last Friday.

“He told the police that he didn’t give the keys to anyone. He was asked to make an additional statement and the police told him he is the prime suspect in the case urging him to make sure that all the items that were removed be returned.”

When contacted, the Zone 5 Police Public Relations Officer, Tijani Momoh, said, “I was not part of the investigative team and cannot confirm if any key was retrieved from one of the chiefs or not.” Punch

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