Benin City is synonymous with an enviable culture and history, but the recent tales of kidnapping cast a shadow over its rich past.
The era of the Anini’s and Monday Osunbor’s could not be compared to the dastard acts of present day kidnappers who have robbed many families of their loved ones and bread winners. Several children have been orphaned and women widowed because of their heinous activities.
The city of Benin today accounts for one of the highest cases of high profile kidnappings in the country. Only recently, the Billionaire kidnapper, Evans confessed to kidnapping in Benin and its environs. A popular business tycoon, Uyi Electrical was one of his victims.
Despite the arrest of the kidnap kingpin, the crime has continued to hold sway in the City. Prominent individuals have been kidnapped, including the Manager of Ogba Zoo, Mr Ehanire and the iconic musician, Ambassador Osayomore Joseph. The situation does give one reason for deep reflection.
Public appeals have been made for the release of these individuals, but to no avail. Recently, the family of the legendary musician was able to establish contact with his abductors who are asking for hefty sums of money for a man who has all the years campaigned for justice for his people. Osayomore’s family told newsmen that their patriarch is not feeling too fine, and moreover is without his medication. They appealed to his captors to release their sick father, so he could attend to his health. Continue reading