The traditional ruler of Umuachi-Ogo community of Ndokwa-East Local Government Area, Delta State, was on Wednesday found dead. Going by reports, the king was found dead after consuming a substance suspected to be poisonous after an allegation of witchcraft was levelled against him by some of his subjects. Sources told PUNCH on Thursday that the corpse of the monarch was discovered at 8am on Wednesday.The sources said investigation revealed that the late traditional was found lifeless in his palace after taking some herbicide, whose container was found near his body.
A source told PUNCH that, “While others were celebrating the release of ex-governor James Ibori, it was all tears here as our monarch was found dead in his room in a case we suspect is a suicide. The monarch was said to have been accused of witchcraft by subjects. It was not clear who those subjects are but the traditional ruler drank what was considered to be a poisonous chemical, whose container was found near his lifeless body. There is apprehension in Umuachi-Ogo since yesterday (Wednesday).” Another source said the king had been buried in front of the palace in line with native law and customs.