Christian Obodo, ex-Super Eagles star, kidnapped for the 2nd time in Warri

Christian Obodo, ex-Super Eagles star, kidnapped for the 2nd time in Warri

- Christian Obodo has been abducted by unknown gunmen in Warri, Delta state

- The former Super Eagles midfielder was understood to be buying bananas along the road before he was taken hostage

- According to the Delta state police, no ransom has been demanded by the kidnappers

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Christian Obodo has again fallen victim for the second time at the hands of kidnappers in Warri, Delta state.

The former Super Eagles star was abducted by unknown gunmen back in 2012, on his way to church in Warri.

And the 36-year-old was taken hostage again for the second time as he was understood to be buying bananas when he was apprehended by gunmen along Refinery Road in the state capital.

Christian Obodo kidnapped for the 2nd time in as many years in Warri
Christian Obodo kidnapped for the 2nd time in as many years in Warri. Photo by Adam Davy
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Police Public Relations Officer, Delta state Command, Onome Onovawakpoyeya, told Punch:

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“Obodo was kidnapped at about 5pm on Sunday around Ishaka Hotel just along Refinery Road.
“He was with his girlfriend when he was abducted. They both stopped by the road to buy bananas.”

According to Onovawakpoyeya, no demand has been made for the release of the former Udinese midfielder.

Obodo is not the only Nigerian footballer to have been abducted by kidnappers, ex-defender Onyekachi Apam was also a victim in 2007.

Brother of current Super Eagles assistant coach Joseph Yobo was kidnapped in 2018 at Port-Harcourt and was released ten days later.

Mikel Obi's father, as well as the mother of Samuel Kalu, were also abducted in 2019 but police secured their releases a few days later

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio has expressed delight following the Leone Stars' epic comeback to draw level with the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the AFCON 2021 qualifying series.

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Match Day 3 of the qualifiers saw the Leone Stars fight back from a four-goal deficit to draw with Nigeria 4-4 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.

The Super Eagles were up 4-0 as early as the 29th minute courtesy a brace by Alex Iwobi and a goal each from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze and Nigeria looked to whitewash their visitors. also reported that Ahmed Musa has apologised on behalf of the entire Super Eagles squad following their 4-4 stunning draw with the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in Benin.

The Super Eagles were 4-0 ahead as early as the 29th minute of the fixture, but they slipped up to allow their fellow West Africans reply all goals to return home with a point as it ended 4-4.

It was 4-1 as at the 62nd minute before the captain was replaced by Leicester City star Kelechi Iheanacho – a tactical change that eventually spelt doom for the Eagles.

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