JUST IN: Kidnapped Nigerian Footballer Dayo Ojo Released
Nigerian footballer, Dayo Ojo has been released days after he was abducted by unknown gunmen.
The Enyimba FC player was kidnapped along the Benin-Owo expressway as he journeyed home to Akure after the suspension of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season following coronavirus outbreak.
He was with an Abia Comets player, Benjamin Iluyomade and another colleague, Emmanuel James at the time of the incident.
While Ojo and Iluyomade were whisked away by the assailants, James escaped.
But the two kidnapped players have now regained their freedom three days after the incident.
Enyimba announced its player’s release on social media on Wednesday night.
GREAT BIG NEWS!
Our midfielder man, Dayo Ojo has regained freedom from his kidnappers 💪👏
— Enyimba FC (@EnyimbaFC) March 25, 2020
A follow-up statement from the club indicated that Iluyomade was also released.
“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 the combined efforts of Enyimba Football Club and the families of the players.
“The players have since reunited with their families,” Enyimba said.
It remains unclear if a ransom was paid to secure the players’ release.
Ojo, capped seven times for the Super Eagles, was part of the country’s national team that finished as runners-up at the 2018 African Nations Championship.
He joined the Aba based outfit after spending a decade at boyhood club, Sunshine Stars.