- Dayo Ojo and Benjamin Iluyomade were abducted on Sunday, March 22
- Enyimba and Abia Comets have been told to pay N20m to secure their abducted players
- Reports say the abductors contacted the families of the victims and requested N100m at first but later reduced the ransom to N20m
Nigerian Professional Football League clubs Enyimba of Aba and Abia Comets were reportedly told to pay N20million for the release of their players who were kidnapped on Sunday, March 22.
Enyimba’s Ekundayo Ojo and Abia Comet’s Benjamin Iluyomade were abducted at Ipele town, after Ifon in Ondo state, cited on Twitter.
It was gathered that the duo were returning home from their base before the incident occurred in Akure.
Abia Comet’s star Emmanuel James who was also caught in the web managed to escape the attack.
Ojo has featured for Nigeria at the U17, U20 and the senior levels and was of the member home-based Super Eagles side that made it into the finals of CHAN 2018.
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Both Ojo and Iluyomade are former players of the Sunshine Stars FC of Akure. A family source who pleaded anonymity stated that the assailants made a contact with the relatives of the victims and demanded N100million.
He however hinted that after several pleas, the kidnappers reduced the ransom to N20million as the families continue to plead for a further reduction.
This is coming barely 24 hours after Legit.ng reported that Enugu International forward Ifeanyi George was reported killed in a ghastly motor accident while returning to his base on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
The former Enyimba of Aba striker was in the car with two others who were also killed in the incident. They were said to be returning home (Enugu state) from Lagos when the tragic incident occurred.
Heartbroken former teammate, Nigeria beach soccer legend and Warri Wolves midfielder Abu Azeez replied a post with ‘crying emojis’, describing it as the "saddest news of the year".
Ifeanyi George made his international debut for Nigeria in 2017 against Benin and made two international caps. He was aged 26.
The management Enugu Rangers in a statement later confirmed the involvement of some of their players in a fatal accident while traveling for the ten-days break.
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