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Police grill Ayiri, other chiefs over allegation of invasion of Olu of Warri’s Palace, stealing

Embattled Prime Minister of Warri, the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief Ayiri Emami and some other Chiefs, were grilled for over two hours on allegations bothering on the escalation of the kingship crisis in the kingdom. They were accused of invading the Olu of Warri’s Palace which heightened tension in the kingdom.

Ayiri  arrived the Nigerian Police Zone “5” headquarters on the strength of a letter of invitation with (reference No. CR3000/2N.5/X/AV/Vol/83/41 dated Wednesday April 21st, 2021) which said: “the office is investigating a case reported through a written petition to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone “5” Headquarters in Benin City.”

The letter which was entitled “Police Invitation Letter. Re-case of Burglary, Stealing and Conduct Likely To Cause Breach Of Peace.”

Emami in an interview with newsmen confirmed that he was invited by the police over the invasion of Olu of Warri’s Palace. He however denied any culpability over the invasion.

The suspended Itsekiri chief who is opposed to the emergence of Prince Tsola Emiko,  as the Olu of Warri designate, said he has nothing personal against Prince Emiko describing him as his brother and friend.

“I was actually invited based on the  invasion of Olu’s Palace and I told the police I have nothing to do with it because I was not in town when the incident happened.”

On his opposition to the new Olu designate, he said: “As a person, I cannot say I am not in support of the Olu designate. We have laid down procedure. It has nothing to do with me. The Olu designate is my brother and a friend, we have no personal issue.”

“It is not that I am not in support of whatever they are doing. I have told the police and they have questioned me on what led to the invitation. Other issues I keep to myself.

“The police want to know who invaded the palace because some things were missing and they want to know the whereabout of the things.”

In conclusion, he said that talks are in progress to bring about final peace to the Kingdom.


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