Two Nigerian international players, Dayo Ojo and Benjamin Iluyomade have regained freedom after they were abducted by unknown hoodlums about three days ago.
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The two players got into the hands of hoodlums when they were returning home after a suspension was placed on football activities by Nigerian Professional Football League [NPFL] due to the attack of coronavirus in Nigeria. It was reported that they were taken by their abductors last Sunday when they were returning from camp. Their release has been confirmed by Enyimba Fc where Dayo Ojo plays for.
It could be recalled that the unfortunate incident that happened last Sunday took place along Benin-Owo expressway. After three days in the den of their abductors, they were granted freedom to join their families. Meanwhile, it was clear if the abductors were given ransom before the release of the two players. In a statement made available to newsmen by the People’s Elephant:
“Enyimba midfielder Ekundayo Ojo and Abia Comets’ Benjamin Iluyomade, who was kidnapped on Sunday have regained their freedom,” the statement read.
“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.”
It was certain that their abduction would not stay for long considering the powerful effect of the novel COVID-19 on the country and its economy. Stores and malls have been placed on lockdown, the movement of people has been badly restricted, Inter-state traveling has been banned in some region. Apparently, everything is on standstill since the outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria.
The country has just recorded about 51 confirmed cases, active cases are 48, total discharged is 2 and 1 death.
The government of Nigeria in conjunction with the Nigeria Professional Football League have put a stop to football games in the country to stop the spread of the virus.