“Omoregie Okpeyen, was found dead after his abductors collected the sum of N500,000 from his family.”
Omoregie Okpeyen, a popular musician in Edo state, who was kidnapped on Sunday evening, was yesterday found dead in Benin City after the sum of N500,000 was collected from his family as ransom for his release.
Okpeyen, popularly known as Bayo Ade, was found with bullet wounds and with both hands and feet tied up.
According to Etchie Peter, the deceased younger brother, the kidnappers had threatened to kill the family if they involved the police.
“It was while I was going that I was told that Bayo Ade had been kidnapped. The kidnappers called me with his phone and demanded for N10 million. We told them we didn’t have that kind of money and reminded them that it was a Sunday,” Peter said.
“We later told them that we could raise N500,000. They didn’t call for some time, then in the night, they called that we should bring the money to Textile Mill road.
“We went there and they directed us to Federal Road by Okhoro junction close to the cemetery. After some time, they called and threatened to kill us if they discovered that policemen were with us.
“Suddenly, they started shooting and asked one of us to bring out the money. After collecting the money, they asked us to go, saying we should call them in 10 minutes. I called in 10 minutes and they said I should call back later after which they switched off their phone.
“After some time, they called and told us to go Ewah Road by Ikpoba Slope and that we should hurry that my brother had been shot. I went there, opened the vehicle, but didn’t see my brother. I then opened the booth and discovered my brother there, but he was dead,” Peter said.
The incident has reportedly angered the youths and fans of the musician who have taken to the streets to protest his death. The late Ade was scheduled to perform at the pre-birthday party of Gabriel Igbinedion, the father of former Edo state governor, Lucky Igbinedion.
-By Nkechi Opurum
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