Nigeria’s top Gospel musician, Yinka Ayefele was hospitalised on Sunday following serious injuries he sustained during attacks on him and members of his band by a group of area boys in Akure Ondo State. He had visited a town in the state on contract engagement last Saturday.
The attack by the hoodlums was carried out as the musician visited Ijare, in the outskirt of Akure, capital of Ondo State where he had performed in the burial party of one Madam Ebunoluwa Lydia Odumakinde who died at the age of 85.
Ayefele and members of his band were battered and bruised as the juju Gospel musical super-lord sustained serious chest injuries.
His newly acquired multi-million Naira musical instrument also suffered serious damages while his new car, a new fashion 2015 Ford model was vandalized.
The assailants demanded a huge sum of money because they claimed Ayefele was playing in the town and must give them their dues.
Following some meeting with some members of the band, they were asked to exercise patience until the band finished performing. Due to their desperation and lack of patience, the band was able to raise a sum of N200,000 which were handed over to them. But they were not pleased. On request for another N300,000 to make the amount N500,000, the musician said he could not meet their demand and this infuriated them as they dealt more blows to him before he was rescued by some members of the public and the band security before the arrival of the police.
The aftermath of the attacks left Ayefele with serious health risk and on Sunday afternoon the Tungba crooner was rushed to an undisclosed hospital in Ado Ekiti as he was getting ready to entertain teachers in the state on the occasion of this year’s teachers’day.
“After his earlier engagement, Ayefele had honoured an invitation by Ekiti State government to perform on the eve of the at the World Teachers Day being celebrated on Monday” a source claimed.
It was from the venue the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti where he had gone to perform at the annual Teachers Day celebration. that he had to be rushed to the hospital as he was serious in pain following a chest injury he sustained at the earlier party. He collapsed off-stage as he was set to perform.
According to the spokesman of the band, Mr. David Ajiboye, the versatile artiste was hit with a plank on his chest during the attack on him on Saturday in Akure and the impact had necessitated urgent doctors’ attention following his pain from the chest injury.
A release signed by the publicist had claimed: “Yinka Ayefele, (MON) was attacked by hoodlums on the outskirt of Akure on Saturday 3rd October, 2015 during the burial party of Madam Ebunoluwa Lydia Odumakinde where he was contracted to perform with his band members.
“The hoodlums, after collecting N200, 000 from the artiste as “settlement” later demanded for a sum of N500,000 which did not go down well with Ayefele and in the process of the argument, he was hit on the chest by a plank which was thrown at him.”
The release added that Ayefele’s Ford Explorer 2015 model was vandalized and his recently acquired N150 million musical equipment was not spared. “The hoodlums vandalised the newly acquired musical equipment and the truck while his new Ford Explorer 2015 model SUV was seriously damaged.
He was reportedly smuggled out of the town as the
Eye witness account claimed the hoodlums had demanded the huge sum through their leader who was sent to negotiate with the band because Ayefele had come to perform in the town claiming they wanted their dues. They went wild as their huge request was not to be met immediately and being told that they should wait after the party.
As they were angered by the negative response, the hoodlums mobilised others to the venue of the party causing mayhem and subjecting the band and its leader into serious beating.
Ayefele only took delivery of the new customized instrument last August following the determination of the band to give their best to teeming fans.
The new ultramodern musical equipment worth N150 Million was brought in from Turin, Italy. And were supervised by two Italian sound engineers. Then, a press release signed by his publicist, David Ajiboye explained: “The new equipment is necessary considering the level and pattern the entertainment industry in Nigeria is gearing towards. The equipment is a result of several research work done by my engineering team on the need to be different from the crowd.
“We just took delivery of new customized equipment that is specially made for Yinka Ayefele and The Merry makers Band, the equipment will make our job easier, effective and outstanding.”