Artist brutally attacked over a campaign song in Ebonyi state.
Aides of the governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, are accused of brutally beating an artist there named Kelvin Ibinabo, who has since been admitted to the hospital.
The aide, who goes by the name Machiavelli Uzo, is the Coordinator of the Ohaozara Development Center in the Ebonyi State municipality of Ohaozara.
The musician said on Tuesday that the Uzo attacked him on Saturday together with his supporters and imprisoned him in a dark room.
Ibinabo described his trauma, claiming that the LGA Chairman, Mr. Consider Ajah, had hired him to sing at his mother-in-funeral law’s at the council.
He said he had ordered his staff to pack up when night fell.
“It was at that point that the Ohaozara Development Centre Coordinator, Machiaveli Uzo, emerged from nowhere and ordered me to play the campaign song of the APC governorship candidate in Ebonyi State,” he added.
Ibinabo claimed he turned down the invitation because the occasion was not political and he was finished with his performance.
He claimed that the coordinator threatened to physically harm him if he refused.
“At that point, I had no choice and for the sake of peace, I picked up the microphone and started playing the song for him.
“After about 20 minutes, I dropped the microphone; but Mr Uzo again ordered me to pick up the microphone and play until he was satisfied.
“But I refused to sing and instead ordered my crew to pack up so we could leave the scene. At this point, the coordinator and his thugs descended on me, beating me with different weapons.
“After beating me to almost a comatose state, they whisked me into a room in the compound and locked me up.
“The police in Ohaozara later arrived, rescued me from the room and took me to the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, for treatment,” he added.
The victim claimed that the chairman of the Ohaozara council was absent when the assault took place.
Uzo, on the other hand, denied attacking the musician, whom he described as a friend.
He said he pleaded with the artiste to sing a song for him, which he agreed to.
“After that, we went inside the house and were making merry but after some time, he (Ibinabo) said he wanted to go outside and check something.
“The next thing I heard was a commotion with some people beating him and chasing him into the house. I was also surprised by the action of his attackers like others inside,” he added.
SP Chris Anyanwu, the police spokesperson for Ebonyi State, claimed to be unaware of the occurrence.
His words were, “I am yet to hear and receive details of this. Where did it happen? Who ordered him to sing the APC song?
“I will get across to the DPO of the area for details and give you detailed information. Please, calm down.”