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Artiste beaten to a pulp over APC campaign song

Artiste beaten to a pulp over APC campaign song

Artiste beaten to a pulp over APC campaign song
Artiste beaten to a pulp over APC campaign song


Artiste beaten to a pulp over APC campaign song


An artiste in Ebonyi state, Kelvin Ibinabo, has been admitted in the hospital after he was allegedly badly beaten by an aide to the State Governor, David Umahi.


The aide, known as Machiavelli Uzo, is the coordinator of Ohaozara development centre in the Ohaozara local government area of Ebonyi State.


According to Ibinabo, he was attacked by the Uzo, with his loyalists, on Saturday and they detained him in a dark room.


Talking about his ordeal, Ibinabo made it known that he was booked by the local government Chairman, Mr Consider Ajah, to grace the stage at the burial of his mother-in-law in the council.


He said, when it was getting dark, he told his crew members to pack up their instruments. 


“It was the that the Ohaozara development centre Coordinator, Machiavelli Uzo, came out from nowhere and commanded me to play the campaign song of the APC governorship candidate in Ebonyi State”, he added.


Ibinabo said he refused the request since he was done with his performance and the event he was invited to was a burial ceremony, not a political rally.


He alleged that the coordinator threatened to attack him if he refused to play the song.


“At that moment, I was left with no choice and for peace to reign, i picked up the microphone and i started to play the song for him”


“After about 20 minutes, i dropped the microphone, but Uzo, again commanded me to pick it up and play the song untill he is was satisfied”.


“I refused, i then told my crew to pack up the instruments so we could leave the event. At this moment, the coordinator and his thugs pounced on me and they started beating me with different weapons”.


“After a very severe beating from them, they dragged me into a room in the premises and locked me up”.


“The Police in Ohaozara later came and rescued me from the room and they took me to the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, for treatment,” he added.


Ibinabo said that the Ohaozara council Chairman was not around when the incident occured.


Although, Uzo, denied attacking the musician whom he called a friend.


He said he begged the artiste to play the song for him, and he agreed.


“After that, we went into the house we were making merry, but after a while, he (Ibinabo) said he wanted to go outside to check something” 


“The next thing i heard was a noise with some people beating him and chasing him into the house. I was also astounded at the actions of those who attacked him, like others inside” he added 


The Ebonyi State Police spokesperson, SP Anyawu Chris, said he was not aware of the occurrence.


He said; “I’m yet to hear and receive details of this. Where did it happen?. Who commanded him to sing the APC song? 


I will get across to the DPO of the area for more information and give you detailed report. Please calm down”


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