Thursday Mar 26, 2020. 11:00
Ekundayo Ojo has been released after being taken hostage by gunmen in Nigeria on Sunday.
Enyimba announced early on Wednesday morning that Ojo and Abia Comet’s Benjamin Iluyomade had been released after being kidnapped along the Benin-Owo expressway.
Ojo and Iluyomade were taken hostage when a vehicle they were travelling in was attacked. Ojo’s Enyimba teammate Emmanuel James was also in the car but managed to escape the kidnappers.
The news came just hours after it was confirmed that Enugu Rangers striker Ifeanyi George was killed in a car accident, aged just 26 on the Benin-Agbor expressway.
A full statement from Enyimba reads as per BBC Sport: “Enyimba midfielder Ekundayo Ojo and Abia Comets’ Benjamin Iluyomade, who were kidnapped on Sunday have regained their freedom.
“The footballers were released on Wednesday night following efforts of the Nigeria Police Force, with support from Enyimba Football Club, the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers and families of the players.
“It would be recalled that the footballers were kidnapped along the 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.
“The players have since reunited with their families.”