- Paul Sodje who was ex-Nigerian scrabble captain has been killed by herdsmen
- The death of the 55-year-old was confirmed by scrabble federation official Akinsemola
- Sodje captained the Nigerian scrabble team to African championship in Zambia in 2012
Nigerian sporting fraternities have been thrown into deep mourning following the shocking demise of the country's former captain of the scrabble national team Paul Sodje.
According to the reports gathered around, Paul Sodje was abducted by suspected herdsmen in Ondo state who later sent him to a journey of no return.
His body was said to have been found inside the bush in Idoani, Ose Local Government in Ondo state on Tuesday, September 1.
Paul Sodje's younger brother Chris was kidnapped in which huge amount of money was demanded for him to be released.
The former Nigerian scrabble captain however got the money asked for by the abductors and decided to go into the bush alone as instructed by the kidnappers.
Akintunde Akinsemola who is the chairman of the Nigerian scrabble federation publicity committee confirmed the death of Paul Sodje.
“Chris was going for his uncle’s funeral in Okwagbe, Delta State on August 28, when he was kidnapped at Ifon, Ondo State.
''The Fulani men demanded N100m but later reduced it to N1m and his wife Flora and friends rallied round to raise the ransom.
''Then his elder brother Paul and a friend took the ransom to them, yet the Fulani men murdered the two of them. Chris has not been found and the kidnappers have stopped communicating with the family,'' Akinsemola explained.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Nigerian football fraternities were once again been thrown into deep mourning following the shocking death of former Super Eagles defender Ajibade Babalade.
The 48-year-old who was known for his superb defending skills during his active playing time in the Super Eagles died in Ibadan, Oyo state, on Friday night, September 4.
According to the reports gathered, the former Shooting Stars of Ibadan captain suffered cardiac arrest and was rushed to the University College Hospital where he died.
Ajibade Babalade was among the Super Eagles players who won bronze at the 1992 African Cup of Nations in Senegal.
The deceased started his professional club career at Stationery Stores of Lagos in 1990 before several stints at 3SC helping them reach the final of the CAF Champions League in 1996.
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