The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 5 of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), has declared two Warri Princes, Onyowoli and Omatsuli Emiko wanted over the stealing of a 400-year-old crown of the Warri Kingdom.
Onyowoli and Omatsuli are said to be the sons of the immediate past Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli Emiko.
The princes were declared wanted ahead of Saturday’s coronation of Prince Tsola Emiko, son of Olu Atuwatse as Olu of Warri. They were alleged to have broken into the private apartment of the Olu of Warri where the crown and other valuables were stolen.
According to reports, warrants for their arrest were also issued by Federal High Court in the Edo state capital.
The Police described the 30-year-old Prince Oyowoli as a student, Itsekiri by tribe and 5.2ft of height while his younger brother, Omatsuli, 27, a student, was said to be 5.6ft tall.
Police bulletins detailing their declaration as wanted persons were issued AIG Zone 5, Benin on the orders of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba Alkali.
It would be recalled that the AIG Zone 5 and some officers at the zonal headquarters last Friday grilled the suspended traditional Prime Minister of the Warri Kingdom, Chief Ayiri Emami, over the invasion of the palace of the Olu of Warri and alleged theft of the ancient crown.
Reports also have it that in order to prevent any hitch, a more befitting crown had been arranged for Saturday’s coronation of Prince Tsola Emiko.