Abducted Nigerian Footballers Has Been Freed

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Dayo Ojo, a member of the Super Eagles B team to the last African Nations Championships (CHAN) in Morocco, has regained his freedom from kidnappers.

Ojo who plays his club football with Nigeria Professional Football League side, Enyimba, was abducted last Sunday at Ipele, along Benin –Akure road.

He was on his way to Akure alongside another footballer, Benjamin Iluyomade of Abia Comets, when they were kidnapped.

Both footballers have now been freed.

The abductors contacted relatives of the players, demanding N20 million as ransom before they would be released.

However, late Wednesday night, Enyimba on their Twitter handle confirmed that Ojo has regained his freedom.

It was gathered from sources close to the families of the players that the kidnappers had earlier demanded N100 million when they first called on Sunday. The kidnappers later reduced it to N20 million after a plea from the families.

There are no clear details if indeed any money was paid to secure the release of Ojo as the short statement released by Enyimba just before midnight did not indicate such.

The Enyimba statement reads: “Enyimba midfielder Ekundayo Ojo and Abia Comets’ Benjamin Iluyomade, who were kidnapped on Sunday have regained their freedom.”

The footballers were released on Wednesday night following combined efforts of Enyimba Football Club and families of the players.

It would be recalled that the footballers were kidnapped along the Benin-Owo expressway as they journeyed to Akure following the suspension of the Nigeria Professional Football League amid concerns over the global pandemic, Covid-19.

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