The paramount ruler of Upata Kingdom in Rivers State, HRM Nye Udu Felix Enene Otuwarikpo
escaped assassination by the whiskers today, July 8 around 9:00am.
A statement by Special Assistant on Media to the Monarch, Comrade Monday Oyagiri on Wednesday
explained that the monarch was said to be driving through Ihuowo community to his office at Edeoha town unknown to him that hoodlums who understood his movement from his village, Ihuaba had concluded plans to waylay and assassinate him.
“The royal father had used an unmarked Honda Accord car alongside his security details but unknown to the paramount ruler that alleged hired assassins were in wait along Ihuowo-Edeoha road”.
“After successfully travelling from his home town through Idoke and Ihuowo communities, the motorcycle carrying the alleged assassins, with guns stopped the monarch’s car at a bad spot and blocked his vehicle”.
Comrade Oyagiri disclosed that it took the intervention of security details of the monarch to dislodge the alleged assassins and one of them, Wisdom Timothy alias Oscar was promptly arrested and the others took to their heels.
The alleged assassins, who are said to always mount road blocks between Ihuowo and Edeoha, threatened to kill the monarch, his driver and the security details inside his vehicle at the bad spot.
Oscar who has since been handed over to the police for further investigation, is said to have allegedly been linked to several crimes and criminal activities. He was arrested with a Bereta pistol loaded with seven rounds of live amunition.