By Ejiro Idanigho, Asaba
Ughelli- Pandemonium enveloped Ughelli town and it’s environs as five gunmen lay siege at the palace of the Ovie of Ughelli kingdom to allegedly adopt 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 INDEPENDENT that a police orderly, Inspector Bello Chinye attached to the palace narrowly escaped death during the incident following gunshot wound he sustained 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 returned to the palace when they were accosted by the gunmen.
The source said: “From information made available to us, the gunmen whom were dressed in police camouflage cardigan and 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.