The mother of Super Eagles and Bordeaux of France attacker, Samuel Kalu, has been released after nearly a week of being held hostage by kidnappers.
Unknown gunmen had apprehended the footballer's mother, Ozuruonye Juliet Kalu, while she travelled in her car to her home in Abia State on Wednesday, February 27.
Reports are that the kidnappers demanded 3 million naira ($40,000, 35,000 euros) for her release initially before increasing it to 15 million naira. It is yet unknown if the money was paid to facilitate her release.
But police in the southeastern state confirmed on Tuesday that she has been released. Spokesman of the Abia State Police Command, Godfrey Ogbona, told the press:
"She was released around midnight (2300 GMT) of Monday and she has been reunited with her people."
"Circumstances surrounding her release have not been disclosed to me for now.
"But we are still investigating the incident in a bid towards ensuring that those who carried out the act are arrested and brought to book."
This isn't the first time such horrible act will be perpetrated against a Nigerian football star. Last year, Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi's father was kidnapped while the player was on national duty at the World Cup in Russia.
He was only released after 10 million naira was paid to the criminals.
The incidences of kidnapping have become prominent in parts of Nigeria, with the families of wealthy and influential people being targets and released only after a ransom is paid.
21-year-old Kalu made a breakthrough into Super Eagles in October last year, shortly after joining French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux from Belgian outfit Gent.