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Gunmen Attack Ughelli Monarch’s Palace, Exchange Bullets With Police

There was pandemonium in Ughelli town and its en­virons as gunmen number­ing five lay siege to the Pal­ace of the Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom to abduct the king’s wife.

Queen Rachael Oharisi II was said to have narrow­ly escaped death after she was ambushed by a gang of gunmen in front of the palace along Isoko Road in Ughelli, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.

A security source at the Ughelli Police Area Command told Daily In­dependent that a police orderly, Inspector Bello Chinye, attached to the palace narrowly escaped death during the incident following gunshot wound he received on his right hand during the attack.

The source who spoke on condition of anonymi­ty said the Queen and her driver had gone to a new generation bank along Isoko Road and returning to the palace when they were accosted by the gun­men.

The source said, “From information made avail­able to us, the gunmen who were dressed in police camouflage cardigan dou­ble-crossed the car convey­ing the queen and ordered the driver to open the door and come down.

While the driver was questioning the gunmen what he might have done thinking they were police­men, a police inspector on guard at the palace came to the scene of the incident and tried to know what was going on.

“It was at that point that the gunmen upon sighting the policeman, opened fire on him and shot him on the hand.

The queen used the opportunity to run into the palace for safety while the hoodlums also fled the scene.

”When contacted, the Ughelli monarch, HRM Wilson Ojakovo Oharisi III, confirmed the incident, saying the entire kingdom could have been in sorrow if not for the love of God for the kingdom.

My police orderly was shot during the cross-fire between the police and men of the underworld,” he added. Source: Independent Nigeria.

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