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Yinka Ayefele’s Band Members Disappear During US Tour

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Yinka Ayefele’s Band Members Disappear During US Tour

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Oct 18, 2013 – Yinka Ayefele’s Band Members Disappear During US Tour

Nigerian gospel singer Yinka Ayefele is yet to recover from the rude shock that hit him on a recent trip to the United States of America.

As usual the talented artist left the shores of Nigeria for a scheduled musical tour of America but to his surprise three of his faithful band members disappeared on reaching America.

According to Ayefele, the 3 people left at different times and locations.

He has since wrote the US Immigration officials to help track down these people and deport them.

Here is an official Press release by Yinka Ayefele’s publicist:

The defectors include Ojoyido Adegbenga Ezekiel (Keyboardist), Solomon Olugbenga Motimoke (Vocalist) and Olusola Kayode Isaac (vocalist).

“While Olusola Kayode Isaac defected at the LaGuardiala Airport, New York on Monday, 14th October on his way from Houston with three other members of the band, Ojoyido Adegbenga was said to have disappeared from the group at the Howard Johnson Inn on Rockaway Boulevard, New York on Tuesday, 15th October. The third man was Solomon Motimoke (Yatty), who left the band while still at Washington DC on 11th October.

Meanwhile, the heartbroken gospel artist has returned back to Nigeria. He arrived this last Tuesday.

If these people were to be deported by the US immigration, they won’t come back to join the band.

Do you think Yinka Ayefele should have just let these people go?



  1. Ope ifa

    October 18, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    haba bro you no do well o
    u no make dem enjoy life?
    U’re a big disappointment of what use is calling immigration on ur fellow citizens? these people have served you for long why don’t u just release them.
    I swear I no go listen to ur mumu music again. Nonsense

    • yemi omo'ba

      October 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Na you be d original mumu,what if and only if you were in Ayefele’s shoe? what will u do?

    • Momo Seattle

      October 18, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Why should he forgive any of them??? why, givien the opportunity to get a US Visa, was not enough for the idiots!, this is a way to repay him. Everyone in Nigeria knows how hard it is to get the US visa and they get that chance and run away. Yinka should have held their passports on arrival, that way they would not be able to travel or run away. This will affect any other VISAs he himself would apply for in the future. Well they can run all they want, they cannot work or hide here in America, trust me America has tightened their immigration services, they will see that life here is not as people think. They would pray to go home after a while. Its a good thing he reported them to immigration, this way when he goes back to the embassy for another visa, he would show that he took the appropriate actions on the matter.
      I do not know why we support bad things in Nigeria. This is our problem in Nigeria. Do what is right, paying someone with a bad coin will surely get back to you.

      • Awero Adeola

        October 19, 2013 at 5:12 AM



        October 19, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        His reputation was at sake and future tours could have been distroyed if this was not done by this Artist.Three members of the group disappearing at a goal!I guess it was all planned by those members without his knowledge.
        Now, i can see the reason why some artists travel abroad and come back to sing ‘KO SE NI TO SONU NINU WA’
        I wish him the best.

  2. Timmy

    October 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Ayefele why now? as a Christian why can’t u forgive them
    Of what use is their deportation to you?
    I’m not happy about this at all

  3. Kolapo

    October 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Yinka Ayefele is a real enemy of progress
    A friend told me he doesn’t pay these guys well
    So why hold them bound? I’m pissed u called immigration on them
    and am not surprised because Nigerians here call immigration on each other
    you are another typical Nigerians

    • Oluwadunni

      October 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      @kolapo,u such an idiot,and very can u call Ayefele enemy of progress?for him to v even trust them enough to follow him abroad has proven he want the best for them,and he wished them that how they ought to pay him back?These guys are just big fools,cos they don’t knw what they v done to themselves.if they v behaved well,and go back home after the tour,they wld v gained more access to travelling wt him,and that wld v helped in building up their visas,and thus even make it easy for them to travel next time,even without Ayefele himself.ppl like u always think abroad is heaven.we that are here,just find it hard to come back home,to avoid mockery,and where do u even wanna start from?tell me,what kind of work do u think these ppl will be doing,and what qualifications do they v to work?u sat ur Ugly ass there insulting Ayefele,what of if he refuses to report them,and they end up being caught. Y the immigration,won’t their coming into America be linked to Ayefele negligence in looking after his band?oh you want his music career to crash,am sure ppl like you wld v still blame him for nt reporting to American govt,when the matter was still flesh.u knw what,tell me what u wld v done,if u happen to be in his shoes?wld u v watched ur name,and career go down,bcos of some bastard?incase u don’t knw,Ayefele has been a source of joy to some families,cos he has tried to reduce poverty,and employment by employing ppl regardless their disabilities,and educational background.currently,about 200ppl working for him as staffs,do ur govt think that way?dnt niforget he is a disable.And to the idiot,who says,he or she will nt listen to his song again,to hellll wt u.who cares?is it ur money that makes him who he is today?how much of his songs do u v,plus it together,and see maybe he can even pay for his boxers.Bastard.what these ppl did to him is so diserting,degrading,and they v let their families down,cos they will definitely go back to the mould they belong,losing at both sides.u being part of Ayefele most important part,to be thought of considering travelling is enough privilege for sure he paid for every of their travelling documents.can you see now why some ppl v refuses to help?i knw this must v serve as a great lesson to him,he will never try such never again.Bunch of ingrates!


    October 18, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Elegbon Ayefele,you really made a big mistake,what cant you just ignore them and carry on with your life,do you know weather they might be of help to you ,your children or any of your relations in the future?honestly you take a very wrong step by reporting them to immigration,pray for forgiveness please

  5. Adejumo Israel

    October 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Pals! Think of this Issue and say the the fact… Yinka Ayefele, you are right and I really love your policy… If those ”son of b**ches” want to go out of the band, why couldn’t they inform you? But instead, they left ignorantly…. The best thing is to deport them, because they may av not know what is called America if not because of Ayefele’s help… Wheras, I am also a keyboardlist which travels everyday and I will av left if I want to, but I don’t do that because I haven’t take the permission…. So, it’s better to deport them… That’s not wickedness, but policy and A good policy…. Thanks!

  6. Wale Osho

    October 18, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Yinka Ayefele, as a Christian, you should have let go. it’s not their fault you blame it on the government that make’s life miserable for the common man, you never know, they might be of help to you tomorrow.

  7. Apata

    October 18, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    For the fact that what those guys did by disappearing from their master is a very wrong thing to do,and the comment I heard the pple making was that he (Aiyefele) should not have alert the US immigration, that was wrong as well because, if Aiyefele did not report them the US Immigration will still find out on their own and that will jeopardize Aiyefele entry into the US next time which I believe he doesn’t want that to happen so he need to do that by clearing his name. But mind you that doesn’t mean he will not pay for it somehow because the immigration will not want to believe in totality that he is not aware of it and that he is not capable enough in monitoring the guys under him. But my concern and the question I will like Aiyefele to answer is this, how well does he take care of his bands and what is their pay range? Because I know Aiyefele has been blessed and very comfortable and those three guys that disappear believe they are not having good time from their boss and thought that by going AWOL and lives in the states they can have a better life they desire of. Just thinking and that was my thought

    • Ella

      October 18, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      You do have a point there and also if he didn’t alert the immigration and those guys don’t return or no one hears from them, he will be in bigger trouble with their families with rumours that will follow that he has done ritual. And you Yinka think about it, don’t you think the fault might have been fron you?

    • Oluwadunni

      October 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      Am a very close source dear,he pays them well.least of his group takes close to 40k every month.he has tried for them.u knw some Nigerians believe abroad is the big pll r suffering here.They just using abroad to cover up shame from friends and family.nothing dey here.some ppl believed,no matter what they v,they can never be complete without travelling.They weren’t the only 3,that went wt him,but they choose to be the ungrateful lepars.the are simply the sharft from the seed.Am sure Ayefele cld arrange best band from America to sing wt him,but he gave these ppl benefit of that,which makes him a good person wt a good heart.How many Nigeria musician travels abroad wt their full band?Now they v use theirs,to obstruct other innocent ppl of getting such privilege from him.l believe,he wld v been warns by several ppl not to take them,bt he ignore critise just bcos he want the best for them.A great lesson to learn sir.Take heart,they will surely meet there ordeal soon.

      • jagun

        May 13, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        So nah 40k be money, dos guys knew what they are doing and am very sure immigration can’t deport any of them even if they are been caught….is Ayefele writting on their visa and is there any agreement form with the embamsy that they will come back with him?

  8. Bose

    October 18, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Oga Ayefele! Don’t worry, le them run….you see den go smell pepper, den think say Ilu oyinbo dey easy without paper, people that accommodate them at this their abscond journey go soon throway them outside wen dey don turn to be wahala hang on their neck. Oyinbo land….edey easy? Hsssss!!!!!

    • Hendogg

      October 18, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Bose you are right, they have made the worst mistakes of their lives, they should have used the Visa to travel at their own time and renew it as they go. If they think America is for enjoyment alone then they will have the shocker of their lives. They cannot file for asylum or anything because their story is out.

  9. sunny

    October 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Ayefele,u no do well o,well my advice for this guyz is that they should burn there paali(passport) and declare themselves as Assylum

  10. bola tinubu

    October 18, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    really whether he reports them or not, doesn’t really matter.they will sort themselves out and mr ayefele wont or might not be able gain an entry permit into the USA again.Since he still has a 2yr visa he would probably also have a hard time renewing it.

    • big john

      October 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      people think us is easy,as far as they have taking there finger print from the embassy, noting for them,they cant hide for ever in that country,what ayefele did was very right.

  11. opeke

    October 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    @sunny that will only work if they have not taken their fingerprint.

  12. Don.

    October 18, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    What the guys did to Ayefele was wrong, because they probably not aware of the contract he has with the American Embassy in securing their travel visas,so by going Awol on him is going to affect him, next time he wants to come back with his band members to America.Moreover this issue at hand is bigger than Ayefele ,it also going to affect some other artist and entertainers when they plan to travel on entertainment engagement.Although am not really surprise about this ,because its a Nigerian factor always find a way to mess things up for other people by doing something wrong or bad in all areas of conduit.So what he did in reporting them to the immigration was the proper and responsible thing to do ,I wish him best of luck in resolving the issue.

  13. Hendogg

    October 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    I cant believe that people are calling him bad for reporting those guys. Are you forgetting that before he does a show, he would be given money in advance to travel and pay the ticket for his people and when he comes he has to perform to repay the money. Tomorrow if he want to come back to America, he has to prove that his people will not run. This is the same thing that happened to Shina Peters that almost finished the poor man. Those guys are very wicked and if tomorrow Yinka does not want to help anyone again he would be labeled a bad person. They already have the visa, why not wait till after the show and travel at your own time. The heart of man is desperately wicked.

  14. bolaji aremu

    October 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    thank you for all your comment all fellow Nigerian, this is the opportunity for me to talk on ayefele issue, ayefele is a bastad man , wicked man juju man , and those people that write didn’t know how this guy is suffering under him is better for all of you to ask for forgiveness, this guy served for 17 years without anything. do you want God to put u in life boundage, if you don’t know what this guy did is the best to cont their life, ENIKENI TO BA DA AWON ENIYAN LEBI YO RI IBINU OLORUN ALAYE , ENI NAA KIYO JERE ISE RE LAYE BENI OLUWA wi LORUKO JESU AMIN AMIN AMIN.

    • Oluwadunni

      October 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      @bolaji are mu,what good have you done to ur it by force to work for Ayefele if he doesn’t pay u?why are you guys putting ur family problem on him.he send una message?u r nt even ashamed of ur self,why can’t u go,and v an accident like him,and let us see ur usefulness in the sure u wl be excreting on ur body.alai ni roonu ara Galatia.u r the biggest ever fool.Bastard!

  15. anu oyewole

    October 18, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    thank you for all comment all fellow Nigerian, this is the opportunity for me to talk on ayefele issue ayefele is a bastad man, a wicked soul,and juju man , and those people that write didn’t know how this guy is suffering under this wicked man, is better for all of you to ask for forgiveness this guy served him for long years,without anything. do you want God to put u in boundage if you don’t know anything about this guys better keep mute,this guys sees it as an opportunity for them to make their life moves on and they take step. remember they have their family and they have their life to live, ENIKENI TO BA DA WON LEBI IGBESE WON YOU RI IBINU OLORUN ALAYE ENI NAA YO WA NINU IGBEKUN AYEREAYE BENI OLUWA WI. AMIN AMIN AMIN.

  16. elle

    October 18, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    I wonder y some pple jst jump into conclusion n pass comment anyhow, if I may tell u guys in d aus I knw ayefele n his bois 2 well he help all his band bois n he pay dem well, there share range is 70/30 ayefele dash solomon motimoke his present element jeep so wat r we tlking abt. He pay 13million 2 american embassy due 2 d trust he has in his bois he pay 4 there ticket Most of his band bois has left him n he gave them there passport if dey wnt 2 travel out of d country. (Sanmi Dairo, sina, nd 1 other guy dat jst left 4 uk) Now tell me has he not tried 4 his guys. Plz go nd confirm this 4rm reliable source. N point of correction David Ajiboye is a journalist he works wit nigeria tribune he is back he did not run oooooh

    • Oluwadunni

      October 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      God bless you Elle.pls tell these lunatics opposing him.if u r close to someone,then,u can tell more of him or her.some of these ppl will even be licking his shoes when they see him.Ayefele is philanthropist.A disabled man wt vision.some idiot ranting here,can’t even help their neighbour wt a cup of water,yet they can criticise.Bolaji are mu called him juju man,that means he must v used ur siblings for juju.thunder fire ur mouth,wretched stinking soul

  17. mulikat

    October 18, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    I will do same like Bro.Yinka ,is good to do that,if not next time ,he too will not get visa,cos they will think is 419 with people travelling as Band members.

  18. Saje

    October 18, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    God punish you Bolaji Aremu.You are stupid and ignorant.All these boys have their own houses built while working for yinka Ayefele. With Nigeria of today,none of them have their own business all their family burdens are on Ayefele.They demand as they wish from ayefele!habba!They even enjoy yinka ayefele than any of his family member!If Ayefele has been traveling with his family member and getting them Visas am sure you this idiot(Bolaji aremu) would have been number one person to shout!!!.Ayefele has taken this boys to Canada,Uk,America twice and they live very fine in Nigeria.Yatty used to live with ayefele while learning mechanic work.Ijesha is an ordinary carpenter,while ojoyido was recomended to ayefele by his former engineer.All the band boys didn’t want him then but ayefele stood up for him.May God punish whoever “say bad” about this man!

  19. lola

    October 18, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    naija don cast,when they have seen whitey,dem don sty thr see constant nepa,sweet na too run away na..make dem flex,wen kerosene finish for stove,dem go run back..if dey r not sharp guys dem go lana for thr,if dem be street boys(yahoo yahoo),abeg make dem help me dey throw check go like 10 maye for yankee make i geh my westee money for here.d country hard na,and of wich to geh visa,naso so test and injection dem go dey do.

    • Oluwadunni

      October 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Amen to that saje.u really knw tatty,and the other stinking bastard well.for bolaji are u,he is suffering from lunatic senseless,and gullible bolaji aremu.who named him bolaji,ppl like him wallow in abject poverty.God bless u jare.some v their bodies complete,yet they are so useless to themselves and their environment.This is a determined man,despite his disabilities,still cater for the needs of ppl.

  20. LUKO

    October 18, 2013 at 11:46 PM


  21. Augusta Ekenwa

    October 19, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    Guys!!!! For everyone cursing Ayefele for reporting them to immigration, I will say ignorance remains your case. If Ayefele had not reported them, he will never never ever be allowed to enter US again. American embassy will just mark him as syndicate bringing in people from Nigeria to US for gains. That will kill his business and invariably his career. Reporting them to the immigration is the right thing to do…………

  22. Olaakin

    October 19, 2013 at 5:44 AM

    Ok. let me explain to you guys how it works. I am a Nigerian born US citizen. I came to US twelve years ago by God’s abundant help. It was tough in the very beginning but by God’s grace, I have acquired a masters degree in engineering ,working and making good money and I have a transportation business on the side. For those of you haters saying negative things about abroad especially US, there are many reasons why you may be saying those things.#1 it is possible that you guys tried to get the visa to US but you were refused.#2.It is possible that you got it but you got deported from US #3 It is possible that you are not educated enough to compete with those over here in order to get a job or do something tangible.#4 It is possible that you were working on minimum wage and couldn’t cope, tried in many ways but nothing seemed to work. Like it or hate it, USA is still the best nation on earth—-I REPEAT THIS.. The best nation on earth. even your past and present presidents (Your leaders know this).You have to get here after being in many other countries such as Germany, England ,Canada etc to understand this. Since you could type your opinion on this comment section, it means you can read and write so Google the word… USA.. and you will stop your ignorant statements about USA. It is true that there is suffering in developed world and US is not a perfect country but the poor people living in this country on welfare live better than those middle class(if existed) in third world countries and this is the reason why over 60% of world population want to live in US…
    Now regarding those criticizing Ayefele,US is doing everything possible to stop illegal immigration into this country. When Ayefele helped those guys to get visas, it was his responsibility to make sure that they returned back to Nigeria. If they didn’t ,He(Ayefele) would be held liable for that and it would affect his future recommendations or applications for US visas.It was very necessary for him to let the US immigration know that It wasn’t his idea that those guys ran away. So He did the right thing by reporting their escape. Feel free to comment on my view regarding this if you want but if those guys came in legally which I’m sure they did, by this time in two years time if they know the right things to do here in the US, they will be back in Nigeria with their green cards and there is nothing anybody can do about that. Desperate situation always call for desperate measures and I surely understand why they did what they did. When you get US green card, it is a big step forward to future, I had it, then God helped me through to becoming a citizen and I am now doing well.I wouldn’t have been able to get to where I am today that fast without God’s help and without US documents.My british documents didn’t help. If I could do it, anybody could

  23. Dele Babade

    October 19, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    I don’t believe this is the Nigeria of our dream. Those supporting this act will do the same if given the opportunity. Despite all they have going for them at home? They cannot become Ayefele in America. They will just be going from place to place as fugitive and cannot do more than hang on in hotels and private functions. Those who know their story will take advantage of them. What a set of silly people and the congress of baboon supporting them. Very unpatrotic Nigerians.

  24. BADBISHOP.......(OROGZY)

    October 19, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Personally i don’t think as a professional Ayefele will make his workers cry when they bring smiles to his face by working for him and them-self in due time so far. getting the US visa is a very big help, running because you know America as the Top developed country should not be a thing to do at such time but to wait for the right time to come just like the visa came so also going there on their own will also come with no stress i believe that. With that same visa which was handed to them (band members) can still take them back to same country just to get a ticket back there when they are fully ready to leave Ayefele with thanks for long service to him and even blessing from him before leaving the band…Nobody that don’t want a GOOD life but the good life ONLY starts from the planing right from the beginning which truly starts from a right CONCEPTION of THINKING-RIGHT! almost at all times. America has the technology to track them down and thats going to be a sad story for them i believe. I WISH THEM ALL WHAT THEY WISH THEM-SELF…(the run away band members).

  25. Count

    October 21, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Nice comments by everybody. But i strongly believe we should hear the sides of these band members before judging them. I believe they don`t really wish to desert Ayefele, but it seems things are not really okay between them and him. We can all say Ayefele helped them, but we can`t deny the fact that they were the ones that rallied round Ayefele when he was nobody and they helped him to build the brand that he has today. Yatty is the one that does the ajasa, and we all know Ayefele`s album is incomplete without that guy`s voice. Ojoyido, is Ayefele`s instrumentalist, and he has been the producer of Ayefeles albums. He does all the mixing and makes the album come out with the right sequence and rhythm. So, we should not think that it was only Ayefele that was helping them. These guys have served Ayefele for 14years and they have been very loyal to him. They actually helped to build the band. Also remember that these guys have been to America with Ayefele in 2008 and they did not abscond, they went to Canada together, they did not abscond and other countries like UK and SA. If they ware leaving the band now,it is obvious that there is something that has gone wrong between them and their boss. Guys, i have related with some of these guys, they are struggling financially. And i feel change is part of life. Everyone of us needs to change jobs or move on with our career. And we all know that most employers are not happy when their commited staffs resign. In as much as i dont like the fact that they left him in the US, i feel they shuld have returned to Nigeria and now go back to US on their own. As long as they have valid visa, they are okay. If these guys need to move on with their lives, it is okay. And it is not good to judge before the time. Time is always a prove of every decision or step taken.

  26. Barack

    October 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Woww!! Count has said it all and that’s basically d most reasonable comment I’ve seen on this post. Also, as long as these guys have valid entry visas to d USA, the USIS can’t touch them or deport them except they pose a negative threat to d citizenry or they show terroristic traits. Ayefele should go back to the drawing board and ask himself where it all went wrong…

  27. tobi

    October 24, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    URE u a good man mr barrack, I love your reasoning. WHat Ayefele did, is a stupid idea bcos is an illetrate why must he take the step let him go and read about his past master like KSA, OBEY, SSP peter, ALL THEIR band boys HERE in America are DOING WELL here SO What REALLY HAPPENs TO HIM 3 OUT 14. SO LET PRAISE ATORISE THAT DROP 14 BAND MEMBER HERE AND THERE ARE DOING WELL. OLAYINKA AYEFELE IS A DAFT MAN.

  28. Abbey

    October 24, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    America is a land of opportunity! The land of freedom and home of the brave. Ayefele should be question how he has been treating his band boys. Did anyone want these guys to serve him for life? Ayefele should tell the world about his sudden famous that cause him Inability not to work or stand on his feet. I don’t trust him. He became famous on his own express way. Those that he follows that time as his “Oga” boss, where are they today? He probably bargain with those guys on a deal for money. To the guys that stays behind, sky is the beginning . This is America, d land of opportunity. Don’t commit a crime. All of us living in America whether by birth, naturalization or refugee, we are all immigrant except the native of America .Everyone has a story to tell about coming to America. I wish you the best in land of freedom and home of the brave.

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