Deposed Delta monarch regains throne four years after
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A traditional ruler in Delta State, Sampson Ogugu I, who was deposed in December 2018 by a factional group, regained the throne on Monday amidst tight security.
The PUNCH reported that the Osuvie of Agbarho Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area was chased out of the palace in 2018 by irate youths who installed Chief William Onokpite as his replacement.
Onokpite, however, did not get the state government’s recognition.
Sources said that as early as 5am on Monday, police operatives mounted barricades on all the roads around the popular 5Junction in Agbarho leading to the king’s palace while most of the corporate organisations adjoining the palace remained closed for business throughout the day.
Amidst the tension-soaked atmosphere, the monarch drove in a motorcade to the palace.
The monarch, who could not hide his joy, thanked the state Commissioner of Police, Ari Ali, for providing security just as he affirmed his resolve to promote peace and the common good of the kingdom.
The monarch ordered the crowd to take out all pieces of furniture in the palace, stressing that new ones would be procured.
Consequently, some clergymen moved and offered special prayers for the sanctification of the throne just as they destroyed objects suspected to be charms littering the palace.
However, a handful of women loyalists to a rival group made spirited efforts to protest against the monarch but were stopped from getting close to the palace.
Immediately after, the monarch accompanied by police patrol vehicles, drove in convoy out of the palace to an unknown destination, leaving behind armed policemen guarding the complex.