The Police have rescued the Ovie of Agbarha-Warri Kingdom in the Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, Orhifi Orovwagbarha Agbarha-Ide Ememoh II, who was abducted on Wednesday.
The traditional ruler was said to have been rescued by a team of local vigilante groups and the Delta State Police Command led by Commissioner, Zanna Ibrahim, at about 3:12am on Thursday morning.
A palace chief confirmed the released of the Urhobo monarch on Thursday morning.
The royal father was kidnapped on Wednesday after Osisa Bridge in Ndokwa East Local Government Area, while another royal father escaped abduction.
A ransom of N50m was demanded for his freedom.
The state Police Commissioner confirmed the rescued of the traditional ruler.
The Commissioner said the monarch was rescued after he led a team of hundred police operatives and 30 local vigilante groups to comb the Ossissa Forest along the area where he was waylaid by suspected herdsmen who had earlier robbed vehicles plying the busy road.
Ibrahim said, “The Ovie has been rescued by a police crack team personally led by me. The monarch’s abductors were fleeing with him to a different location after our men combed the entire bush in search for him.
“The monarch was abducted by herdsmen. They are very conversant with the bush even more than the indigenes. Our men sighted the movement of the hoodlums through a torch light and we shot into the air which they responded. They engaged us (police) in exchange of gun fire and left the monarch behind.
“There was laxity on the part of the driver who sighted the kidnappers robbing other vehicles but refused to reverse the car for safety. We have learnt our lessons from the kidnap of the monarch. The lesson is that we all need to be alert and vigilant.”
The Commissioner added that no arrest was made during the rescue operation but police operatives have been deployed in the area to smoke out the suspects.