Abducted Edo musician regains freedom

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Alexander Okere, Benin

Popular Edo musician, Osayomore Joseph, who was kidnapped by gunmen in Edo State, has finally been released.

It was gathered that Osayomore regained freedom on Thursday after spending almost a month in captivity.

His manger, Frank Ugbomah, and the state Chairman of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Willy Eghe-Nova, confirmed his release to our correspondent on the telephone on Thursday in Benin, the state capital.

It could, however, not be ascertained if a ransom was paid.

The ace musician was on October 3, 2017, abducted by some armed men on Upper Ekehuan Road in the Egor Local Government Area of the state.

He was said to be returning from a musical performance along with his wife when the gunmen waylaid and  whisked him away at Orovie village at about 10pm.

His wife, who sustained a gunshot injury in the head during the kidnap, was taken to a hospital and was said to be responding to treatment.

His captors had also demanded a ransom of N200m for his release.

The incident was said to have occurred after he performed at the one year coronation anniversary of the Oba of Benin at the palace.

Efforts to reach the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, for comments were unsuccessful.

Calls put across to Kokumo’s telephone number rang out, while he had yet to respond to a text message sent to him as of the time of filing the report.

But Osayomore’s first son, Joseph Jr, who expressed joy over the development, disclosed that his father had been taken to a hospital for treatment.

He said, “My father has been released, but he is not too healthy. So, he is currently in a hospital for medical treatment.

“It has not been easy for us as a family, but we thank God that he is back at home.

“We are trying to give him medical care.

“He is in the hospital now and it is our prayers that everything goes well so he can rejoin his family in good health.

“We have really suffered and the experience has been very traumatic for us. We thank God that he is home and alive.”

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