By Kingsley Abavo

 

 

Joseph Osayomore

Joseph Osayomore

Barely two weeks after the kidnap of Managing Director, Ogba Zoological Garden and Nature, Andy Ehanire, and three police operatives who were supposed to be on guard were killed, had popular Benin musician Osayomore Joseph become the latest victim.

He was at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday abducted by unknown gunmen at his home in Orovie village on Ekewan road axis of Benin City, the State capital of Edo State.

Abductors of the creator of the ‘Ulele Super Sound’ report said stormed his home soon after he returned alongside his wife from the Palace of the Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II where he performed to kick start the one year anniversary of the monarch’s installation.

The wife allegedly was hit by bullet when the gun men opened fire to prevent any possible intervention before the Ulele music exponent was taken away.

She had however been treated and discharged from an undisclosed hospital, it was said.

Just as no word has been established from the abductors of Ehanire, Osayomore abductors have not made contact with anyone as at the time of filing in this story on Wednesday.

Police spokesman, Edo Command Moses Nkombe contacted on phone confirmed the incident but assured that security operatives are already working hard towards rescuing the victim, and getting at the perpetrators.

Narratives of Ehanire’s abduction
According to a staff member, Helen Juchei; “It was those whom we met at the scene that told us what happened.  They said the kidnappers paid to enter the zoo with torn money which was rejected by the casher at the gate.

“When the money was rejected, he went back to get a better money to pay the entrance fee.

“At this time, their informants have already gained entrance into the zoo as fun seekers.

“When the informants have finally studied the terrain, one of the informants decided to engage our director with conversation.
“Our boss started telling him his plans to put up a world tourism day and as one of them engaged my boss in a conversation, the other one went straight to the security personnel and asked him if they have not close for the day and decided to order for drink for the officers providing security for the zoo.

“This was what those who were there told us. So they bought them Heineken and as they laid down their guns to drink, that was when the hoodlums opened fire on them and killed the three police officers.
“We have not heard any information about the whereabouts of our boss”, she narrated.

Another member of staff, Mr. Zontondji Emmanuel narrates; ” I was on duty, I resumed by 5:30pm and as I came in, I went round to inspect the animals and the visitors on ground. And after having done that, I came back to the reception where the Executive Director was sitting down and there was another one sitting at this end. There were two policemen sitting by him. So I went outside to observe the outside.
“At the outside, I saw an Audi 80 car parked and suddenly, I saw three men coming out with guns and one of them wearing a bullet proof vest and I thought that they were normal police who usually come here for normal security reasons.
“Suddenly, I saw them running into the zoo premises, which is very unusual and when they entered, they started shooting immediately. So, all of us outside, started running for our dear lives.
“And I was calling on people running to give us police numbers; nobody was ready to stop because they were all afraid.
“But at the time I watched from afar, I saw that the men were going out with my director. They went into the Audi car and zoomed away. And I now came into the zoo premises and I saw the three policemen who were supposed to be guarding the director were lying dead on the ground.
“After that, the DPO now came to take the dead bodies away. Everything happened at about 5:.30p.m