The kidnapped Nigeria and Udinese midfielder, Christian Obodo was rescued from his abductors Sunday evening by a combined team of police and soldiers. The former Super Eagles player was whisked away by four unidentified gunmen in the early hours of Saturday in Efunrun, Delta state just outside Zion Ministry Church in Warri. They demanded a ransom of 150,000 euros (N28 million) for his release. He was however rescued with the kidnappers reportedly arrested and no ransom was paid.
The Commissioner of Police in Delta state, Ikechuchukwu Aduba, confirmed to Channels TV that Obodo was rescued from his abductors. According to sources close to the footballer, Obodo was driving alone in his customized SUV, ‘Obodo 5′ when the gunmen in another vehicle double crossed him, dragged him out of his car and sped off with him before anybody could come to his rescue. His customized plate number reportedly gave him away as his abductors were said to have trailed the footballer after he reportedly went to a club in Warri on Friday night.