Chief Ayiri Emami, the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom has urged the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba to as a matter of urgency direct a special investigation into the circumstances surrounding the alleged stealing of two royal crowns belonging to the Warri Kingdom.
In a statement on Wednesday, Ayiri said even though he has refrained from commenting on the case which is in court, it is imperative for him to clear his name over some publications linking him with the alleged invasion and stealing.
While describing the allegations levelled against him as mere falsehood, Ayiri who insisted that he remains the Ologbotsere of Warri said the Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 5, Benin City acted as a collaborator by not carrying out a proper investigation of the matter.
He said the IGP should a thorough investigation be done while anybody found culpable should be made to face the music.
“He said “Actually, I don’t want to speak on this matter because the case is in court. But my family and associates have urged me to speak out because of some sponsored publications where it was alleged that I was arraigned for breaking into the Olu’s palace and stealing a crown. I know nothing about the stolen crown or any other allegations they have made”.
“I’m glad they used the word ‘alleged’. As far as I am concerned, it is an unfounded allegation. Everyone, including the police that took me to court know that I knew nothing about the invasion of the palace.
“Those that laid siege on the palace and moved out valuables, including other things I don’t want to mention are the same people running to the police and making all sorts of allegations. It is left for them to prove whether I have a hand in the stolen crown”.
“To me, it is a very shameful thing to do because our crown is highly revered and prestigious. For us Itsekiris, that crown is the only thing we have. No reasonable man can just wake up and say that he has bought his own crown. If I were they, If truly the crown was stolen, I will ensure I get the crown before my coronation as long as they don’t have any hidden agenda”.