A community in southern Nigeria is in shock and mourning today after its monarch was found dead, apparently murdered.
Local residents of Ubulu-Uku in the Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta state are continuing to grieve the loss of their king, HRM Obi Akaeze Edward Ofulue III, after he was murdered by kidnappers.
The deceased monarch was reportedly kidnapped by suspected Fulani herdsmen on January 5 2016 at a spot along Obior to Igbodo Road notorious among locals for banditry.
The news of the tragic death of the 52-years-old monarch, who was crowned in December 2006, has crippled economic activity in Ubulu-Uku as all shops in the area have been closed.
A local vigilante group discovered the body of HRM Obi Akaeze Edward Ofulue III, who had been abandoned along with the body of an unidentified man.
One of the vigilantes, who spoke anonymously, said his group discovered two decomposing corpses in the bush but was able to identify the monarch because of his beads and clothing.
“The king’s corpse was found resting on the stump of a palm tree.”
“We could not identify the second body but the fellow had Hausa shoes on,” the vigilante said.
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“This is very challenging period for us in this kingdom.”
Armed soldiers have been stationed at the Ogwash-Uku Road end of the town to prevent any outbreaks of disorder after local youths barricaded the Issele-Uku Road end with wooden stockades and subsequently light bonfires.
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The youths took advantage of the situation to indulge in criminality by extorting money from motorists and Okada riders before they were allowed access to the community.
Local residents appear to be frightened of the current situation and have refused to speak with reporters.