Former leader of a militant group in the Niger Delta region, Ateke Tom, is now a king.
He is the Amanyanabo (King) of Okochiri in Okirika, Rivers State.
The coronation took place at an elaborate ceremony on Saturday and was attended by prominent citizens of the state including Governor Nyesom Wike.
On Wednesday, Ateke Tom was installed in his country home by the Okrika and Ogu/Bolo Divisional Council Of Chiefs.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Wike charged the new traditional ruler to ensure peace and progress in his community and the state as a whole.
The governor also praised the people of the town for installing a traditional ruler who fought for them and promised that he would continue to deliver on projects in the area.
Said Wike: ”Let me on behalf of the government and people of Rivers State congratulate King Ateke Michael Tom, Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom. With what you have seen here today, it is a clear testimony that you are loved by your people.
“That is why it is good for each and everyone of us to defend the interest of our people at any given time , so that your people will honour you at the appropriate time. Today, because of what you have done for this kingdom, the people have called you back home to come and be their new king.
“I want to proclaim by the Special Grace of God and by the powers conferred on me as the Rivers State Governor, Government of Rivers State will recognise this Amanyanabo of Okochiri town. What that means is that we will invite you to Government House, so that we present to you certificate of recognition.”
Also speaking at the occasion, former Minister of Transport and chairman of the occasion, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, urged other ex-Nigeria Delta agitators to emulate the new monarch in maintaining peace in their various domains.