Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Kidnapped Edo musician found dead after payment of ransom
Exactly one week after the abduction of an Edo State-based businessman and Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, Mr. Tes Soare, in the state capital, Benin, a popular musician, Omoregbe Okpeyen (a.k.a Bayo Ade), was on Sunday kidnapped.
Unlike Sorae who came out alive from the kidnappers' den, Okpeyen's body was left in his car boot by the hoodlums after collecting a N500,000 ransom from his family.
Father of the deceased, Elder Okpeyen is currently in a critical condition, having gone into a coma, on hearing about the fate of his son.
This development has sent panic signals to residents of the ancient city, as many politicians, top government functionaries and businessmen and women are reported to have gone into hiding as kidnappers appeared to have laid a siege to the state.
Similarly, the Provost of the College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi, in Ovia South West Local Government Area, Prof. Julius Obahayuijie, was reportedly kidnapped on Saturday, while attending a traditional marriage in Ewohimi, Esan South East Local Government area.
State Commissioner of Police, Mr. David Omojola, in a reaction, described the development in the last week as a challenge which the force would tackle "with all sense of duty."
Decrying the loss of lives in the series of kidnappings, Omojola, said the force had however not been resting on its oars.
The late Bayo Ade was billed to perform at a pre-77 years birthday celebration of Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin, on the day he was abducted.
When our correspondent visited the Lagos Street residence of the late musician, sympathisers were seen gathered around the family compound.
The younger brother and manager of the late musician, Peter, told our correspondent that the kidnappers shot his brother in both legs and tied his hands, "leaving his body by Uwa Junction along Ikpoba Slope."
Narrating his last encounter with the deceased, Peter said his late brother gave him some money to purchase fuel to power the generator to be used at the Igbenedion Government Reservation Area residence only to receive a call shortly after from him that he had been kidnapped on his way to the venue.
He said, "It was while I was going that I got calls that he had been kidnapped. The kidnappers called me with his phone and demanded N10m. We pleaded with the kidnappers that we didn't have such money and to worsen the situation, it was on Sunday and banks don't work. We managed to raise N500, 000. They didn't call for some time."