Police has deployed 1,000 policemen and bomb squad for Olu of Warri coronation.
Ahead of Saturday’s coronation of Omoba Tsola Emiko as the 21st Olu of Warri, the Delta State Police Command has deployed 1,000 policemen and bomb squads to ensure security.
According to The Nation, two bomb squads are on standby awaiting deployment 48-hours to the ceremony billed for Ode-Itsekiri, Warri South Council area of Delta state.
The Commissioner of Police (CP) in the state, Mr. Ari Muhammed Ali, described the steps as proactive measures to ensure “water-tight security during and after the ceremony”.
In a statement by the acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bright Edafe, a Deputy Superintendent iof Police (DSP), the CP vowed to deal with anyone caught trying to or fomenting trouble.
It reads: “Two bomb squads has been deployed to report 48 hours before the coronation day to sweep the venue and ensure it is completely rendered safe, two units of Mobile Police personnel and conventional police officers which include traffic personnel have been deployed.
“The CP warns mischief makers to steer clear as the command is more than ready to deal decisively with anybody who try to disrupt or cause any form of mischief during the coronation.
“All that needs to be done to ensure that the event is itch free and devoid of any form of violence has been put in place.
“To this end, the CP has directed the Area Commander Warri, Divisional Police Officers, Tactical Operations Officers of the Command to leave no stone unturned towards ensuring thorough supervision of personnel deployed for the actualisation of peace and tranquility during and after the coronation ceremony.
“The CP on behalf of his management team, officers and men of the command wishes the people of Warri and Deltans a peaceful and hitch free coronation ceremony.”
In an advertorial on Monday, the police declared the duo of Prince Oyowoli Emiko and Prince Omatsuli Emiko wanted by its Interpol Force Criminal Investigation Department, Zone 5 Headquarters, Benin City.
The advertorial said a warrant of arrest had been issued by the Federal High Court in Benin, adding that the duo were wanted by the police for “the offence of constructive breaking into the secret apartment of HRM Olu of Warri and stealing the Royal Crown.”