Ex-footballer Obodo escapes from Nigeria kidnappers


Former Nigeria midfielder Christian Obodo, who spent over a decade in Serie A, together with spells with Fiorentina and Udinese, stated Monday that he had escaped from suspected kidnappers within the nation’s oil-rich Delta state.

Obodo was driving across the southern metropolis of Warri on Sunday when he stated two armed males pressured themselves inside his automobile.

“They pushed my girlfriend out of the automobile,” he advised AFP by telephone, including {that a} third gunman drove in a automobile behind them.

“I used to be praying and attempting to carry a dialog with them asking them what have I finished, however they barked at me and advised me to maintain quiet and that if I make any sound I used to be going to be killed.”

The 36-year-old who was an everyday within the Nigeria staff between 2003 and 2008, described how they drove round city for a number of hours till the 2 males requested him to cease the automobile and stepped out to go and converse with their confederate within the automobile behind.

“I appeared behind and sensing just a little ease, I sped off,” he stated.

Police spokesperson Onome Onowakpoyeya confirmed that Obodo was briefly kidnapped and launched.

“I wasn’t harmed in any method and nothing was taken from me,” stated Obodo.

Kidnappings for ransom by legal gangs are widespread in Africa’s most populous nation, particularly within the oil-producing Delta area.

Obodo was kidnapped in the identical space in 2012, and rescued a day later in a police raid. His kidnappers had demanded a ransom of about $188,000 (149,000 euros).

Obodo was 17 when he moved to Italy in 2001 to play for Perugia. He later appeared for Fiorentina, Udinese, Torino and Lecce earlier than shifting to Dynamo Minsk in 2014.

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