ARTISTES, film producers and marketers in Edo state have threatened to take the law into their hands and storm Benin-City, the state capital violently next week if the police fail to arrest and bring to justice killers of two Benin based local artistesÂ who were murdered by unknown gunmen about three months ago.
The two artistes, Erhauyi Ogbeide (alias Ukeke) and Eghosa Idehen (alias Erhejiro) were shot dead by unknown gunmen shortly after the duo were allegedly invited by the father in-law of Ogbeide in his residence along Oreoghene street, Benin.
CarryingÂ placards with various inscriptions such as â€œwhere are the killers of UkekeÂ and Erhejiroâ€?, Governor Oshiomhole,please help us, we want justiceâ€ and Wetin Police dey do?â€, Artists, Film Producers and MarketersÂ decked in black attires, yesterday stormed the premises ofÂ the Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ), in Benin to address newsmen on their plan.
President of Edo State Artists Forum, Mr. Enofe Igbinomwanhia explained that they had reported the incident to the police when their colleagues were murdered because they did not want to go violent.
He disclosed that the police later arrested the parents of two suspected killers of the artistes and charged them to Magistrate Court 4 in Benin, but that surprisingly, they were told at the court that the case was not pending there.
Also addressing journalists, President of Edo State Film Producers and Marketers, Mr. Jerry Love, allegedÂ that the two brothersâ€™ killers of the two artistes were roaming the streets of Benin freely without the police making any effort to arrest them, adding that though the police promised too declare them wanted, they are yet to do so.
â€œWe want the police take action or we would take the action from them. By next week we would seize Benin if nothing is doneâ€, he threatened.
Among the protesters were the two wives of EghosaÂ Idehen and his five little children who were crying and were being consoled.