Enyimba, Families Reveal How They Paid N2.5m For The Release Of Ojo And Iluyomade

Sunshine Stars Captain, Abe Sunday, has announced paying a sum of N2.5m was to kidnappers before the duo Dayo Ojo of Enyimba FC and Benjamin Iluyomade of Abia Comets were released.

Dayo Ojo and Benjamin Iluyomade were abducted on Sunday along Benin-Owo expressway as they journeyed to Akure following the suspension of the Nigeria Professional Football League amid concerns over the global pandemic, Covid-19, but were later released four days later.

Abe who played with both players at Sunshine Stars told journalists in Akure that the money was delivered to the kidnappers after serious negotiation.

The Sunshine captain said the decision of the kidnappers to meet with them and collect the money proved they have the backing of high ranked citizens.

“They called us around after 4pm on Wednesday that we should come with the money, at times they asked me to send them recharge card. We tried to speak with them on the financial state of the country.

“We negotiated from N100m to N20m before they finally agreed on N2.5 million. Those people have back up in the Army and the Police. They never asked us to drop the money inside the bush, they met with us one on one.

“They asked me to bring the money before they released them, so I don’t know where police rescued them because I don’t like ‘fake news’ we reached Akure around 1am on Thursday.

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“But the most important thing is that both of them are alive and are back with their families,” he said.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 years ago

Efe Bridget is a writer at GoalBall. She is a graduate of Mass Communication with 12 years of experience working with reputable publications.