Not less than three key members of Yinka Ayefele’s band, The Merry Makers have defected and disappeared in the course of the band’s recently concluded tour of the United States.
The defection of the band boys has been officially confirmed. The defectors are Ojoyido Adegbenga Ezekiel (Keyboardist), Solomon Olugbenga Motimoke (Vocalist) and Olusola Kayode Isaac (vocalist).
The musician’s publicist, David Ajiboye stated in a release that the musician has urged the United States Homeland Security to track and deport the band members who defected at the tail-end of their six weeks tour. Ajiboye stated that “in a mail sent to the United States department of Homeland Security, Ayefele urged the department to look for the defectors and act accordingly so as to serve as a lesson to others. 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 defected at the band’s hotel at Howard Johnson Inn on Rockaway Boulevard, New York on Tuesday, 15th October while the last defector, Solomon Motimoke (Yatty) defected from the band while still at Washington DC on 11th October.” The remaining members of the band are back in Nigeria.
The band left for a six weeks musical tour of the United States on September 2 and the tour saw them performing at Washington, Maryland, Baltimore, New York, Atlanta, Houston and Dallas respectively.