Alexander Okere, Benin
AS the abduction of a popular Benin, Edo-born musician, Mr. Joseph Osayomore, enters its third week, the state chapter of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria has announced plans to embark on a solidarity rally for the artiste.
PMAN, however, appealed for the victim’s unconditional release.
Osayomore was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Upper Ekehuan Road in the Egor Local Government Area of Edo State.
He was said to be returning from a performance in company with his wife when he was whisked away at Orovie Village at about 10pm on October 3, 2017.
It was learnt that his wife, who sustained a gunshot wound in the head during the kidnapping, was currently responding to treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
His captors had demanded a ransom of N200m for his release.
Efforts to reach the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Moses Nkombe, were unsuccessful.
Calls put across to his telephone number went unanswered while he had yet to respond to a text message sent to his line as of the time of filing this report.
But the state Chairman of PMAN, Mr. Willy Eghe-Nova, who spoke with Southern City News on Sunday, said abduction of Osayomore was uncalled for as he was a social crusader who fought for the rights of the citizens.
Eghe-Nova said, “For now, the story is the same because they have not released him. As PMAN, we are just appealing that they should release him unconditionally.
“We do not see any reason why Osayomore should be made to pay any ransom because he is a man of the people and is fighting for the masses. As a musician, where will he get the money?”
Eghe-Nova said the solidarity march had become necessary as members of the association were worried about his continuous absence.
“I am under pressure; my people are losing patience. They are not comfortable because this is his third week there (in captivity). Yes, we are considering that option (rally).
“We thought that before now, they would have released him. But since he is still with them, we are considering that,” Eghe-Nova added.
Meanwhile, Osayomore’s manager, Mr. Frank Ugbomah, has condemned reports on the social media speculating that the Benin musician had regained his freedom.
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