Two NPFL players, Dayo Ojo and Benjamin Iluyomade were abducted by unknown gunmen on Benin-Akure highway at Ipele town in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State on Sunday, March 22.
While Ojo plays for Enyimba Football Club of Aba, Benjamin Iluyomade plays for Abia Comet. Another player identified as Emma James, who escaped the attack confirmed the abduction.
He said: “We were travelling on the road when the gunmen came out from the bush and attacked us.
“They shot sporadically before abducting some people in the vehicle including the two players but I managed to escape.”
One of the players of Sunshine Stars of Akure who craved anonymity said the kidnappers have already made a call and demanded ransom.
He said: “The kidnappers have reached out and named their price already. Ojo was allowed to speak too during the conversation.
“Trying time for the Enyimba FC’s midfielder and family. Please, pray for him and the other victim that was kidnapped too.”
The state Police Spokesperson, Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the abduction and also said that one of the players have been rescued.
Ikoro added: “We have been able to rescue one of the players and our men are already in the bush after the kidnappers. I will get the details of the incident as soon as I get the information from the DPO of Ipele.”
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