The Edo State-born Ace musician Ambassador Osayomore Joseph, kidnappers have made contact with the family, demanding for an N200m for his freedom.
Osayomore was said to have been abducted after he performed at the palace of the Oba of Benin last Tuesday by gunmen at about 10p.m. at Orovie village, off Upper Ekewan Road in Egor Local Government Area, Edo State capital Benin City.
Vanguard report that, a close family source as saying that “the family has been contacted, but honestly the money they are talking about is outrageous.
Source refused to disclose the amount being demanded as ransom, it was learned that the abductors of Executive Director of the Ogba Zoo in Benin, Mr. Andy Ehanire the brother to the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire,are demanding N350 million, while that of Osayomore Joseph are demanding N200 million.
A Famiy Member said that “the family has been contacted, but honestly the money they are talking about is outrageous. “It is not affordable because there is no way the family can find that kind of money. Osayomore is just managing his life right now and does not have such money.
“We are only appealing that they should free him unhurt. The family is not rich; they are only managing just like any other Nigerian. We are begging them to see reasons and release him because his health is not in the best state.” source said”.
The Edo State Police spokesman, Moses Nkombe, said the Police was doing all it could to ensure that both Managing Director of the Zoo, Dr. Andy Ehanire, and the veteran musician were freed unhurt for them to re-join their families.