Yesterday, the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief Ayiri Emami, was interrogated in connection with the invasion of the Olu Palace in Warri, Delta State, at the Zone ‘5′ Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force.
According to reports, Chief Emami caught the police off guard when he stormed the station three days earlier than scheduled.
“The Ologbotsere arrived here on Friday (yesterday), and we were surprised. Mr Polycarp Dibia, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), who led the questioning, told him so,” a source at ZCID said.
“He arrived (at police headquarters) about 1100hr today (yesterday) and stayed with us for around three hours,” the source added.
Chief Emami was summoned to appear for questioning in a letter dated April 21, 2021 and numbered CR:3000/ZN.5/X/AV/VOL.83/141.
The invitation was issued in connection with a case of “burglary, theft, and actions likely to cause a breach of the peace,” according to the letter.
Chief Emami, on the other hand, was said to have accepted the invitation earlier in order to escape humiliation and detention on Monday, which also happened to be his 46th birthday.
“We know what those behind the petition are up to. Its sole purpose is to shame the Ologbotsere and bring his name into disrepute. It is also not out of the question for them to try to keep him detained on his birthday in order to score a cheap point,” an associate told our reporter.
According to the minutes of the meeting between the Itsekiri chief and ZCID officials, the Ologbotsere denied any role in the invasion of the Olu’s palace.
“He said that he knew nothing about the invasion and that he was out of the state at the time of the incident.
“He said, ‘I left the palace and everything there intact with Prince Oyowoli, the son of the late Olu of Warri.”
Our source also revealed that Emami blamed the invasion on a high-ranking chief in the kingdom who he said was greedy and desirous of becoming the Ologbotsere.
In a phone conversation with our reporter yesterday afternoon, the Ologbotsere reported his visit to the Police Zonal Headquarters.
“As I previously said, no Nigerian is above the law, and we demonstrate good leadership by honouring the police invitation,” he said. I told them what I knew, which was that I had nothing to do with the invasion.
“However, I urged the police to conduct comprehensive inquiries into the matter in order to identify those responsible and ensure that they are both interrogated and brought to justice if found guilty.”
It can be remembered that the last month’s invasion of the Olu’s palace in Warri coincided with the withdrawal of two very valuable pairs of crowns from the palace.
“Nearly a month later, the location of the priceless crowns remained uncertain.
The incident has thrown the kingdom into disarray as the coronation of Omoba Tsola Emiko as the 21st Olu of Warri approaches.