'We paid N91 million to our kidnappers' - Abuja music band leader narrates ordeal

'We paid N91 million to our kidnappers' – Abuja music band leader narrates ordeal


Abuja-based music band leader Adewunmi Samuel Sofomade, who was kidnapped along the Lokoja Expressway, has revealed the amount he paid for his release.

DAILY POST reported that the band leader was abducted along with his crew in December 2023 while returning from a show in Kogi State.

The group of 13 were later released after being held captive for several days.

However, in a recent interview with BBC Yoruba, the leader of the band, also known as Omoba de Jombo Beats, recounted the ordeal and said the kidnappers later paid a ransom ranging from N10 million to N7 million before being released. He said the amount was reduced to Norway.

“We were 13 years old and went to perform at a burial ceremony that was held at Itakete Isao near Isan-Olu in Kogi State. And we had to travel by land as there is no airport in the old castle. .

“We had been going since Thursday. We finished playing around 5:30pm on Friday, so we felt we still had time to get back to Abuja. Passing Dangote Cement The incident occurred immediately after.

“We spent six days with the kidnappers in a very deep forest, and so much happened in that forest that those six days felt like six years.

“They asked for N10 million each. We started begging their commander that we could not raise N10 million. He then reduced it to N7 million each.

“We received information that the deposit was completed but there was no cash for the December period, so we started looking for cash. They initially agreed to exchange the gold for dollars, but later the leadership changed their mind. , claimed Naira.”

Source: dailypost.ng

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