Enyimba Midfielder, Dayo Ojo, Colleague Regain Freedom From Kidnappers
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Enyimba Midfielder, Dayo Ojo, Colleague Regain Freedom From Kidnappers

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Enyimba midfielder, Dayo Ojo, and Abia Comets player, Benjamin Iluyomade, who were kidnapped by suspected gunmen in Ondo State, have been released.

The two were kidnapped on Sunday along Benin-Owo Expressway while heading to Akure from their base in Aba. A third player, Emmanuel James, who was travelling with them only managed to escape the attack.

Ojo and Benjamin were travelling to Akure following the suspension of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) due to the coronavirus outbreak.

However, following an alleged ransom payment, the footballers were set free on Wednesday night and have since linked up with their loved ones.

Their abductors demanded a N20m ransom when the family of the players told them they couldn't pay the N100m that they had asked for initially.

The players have now been set free from captivity, with Enyimba Football Club announcing the release of the two players in a statement.

“Enyimba midfielder, Ekundayo Ojo, and Abia Comets’ Benjamin Iluyomade, who were kidnapped on Sunday have regained their freedom," the statement read.

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

“The players have since reunited with their families."

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