Former Nigeria and Udinese midfielder Christian Obodo, has been set free after he was kidnapped in Warri on Sunday.
This makes it the second time in 8 years that the 36 year old has been kidnapped, the previous time in June 2012 after which he was rescued a day later in a police raid.
Obodo revealed that the kidnappers had blamed the super Eagles after they lost a bet on the match between Nigeria and Sierra Leone in Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The Super Eagles led 4-0 after 29 minutes but threw away the 4 goal lead and had to settle for a 4-4 draw.
“It was really discomforting locked up in a hot car trunk for hours,” he was quoted as saying on Brila FM.
“The kidnappers were even telling me about how they lost money for placing bets on Nigeria to score in the second half.
“They didn’t hurt me or intimidate me but I can’t understand the reason for anyone to want to put me through this sort of thing over again.”
During a telephone interview with AFP, Obodo divulged further information regarding the incident.
“They pushed my girlfriend out of the car,” he told AFP by phone while mentioning that a third gunman drove in a car behind them.
“I was praying and trying to hold a conversation with them asking them what have I done, but they barked at me and told me to keep quiet and that if I make any sound I was going to be killed.”
The Delta State Police Command, through its spokesperson Onome Onovawakpoyeya, confirmed the abduction and she stated that the former Fiorentina player was spotted when he stopped by the road to buy fruit.
“Obodo was kidnapped at about 17:00 on Sunday around Ishaka Hotel just along Refinery Road,” Onovawakpoyeya told the Punch.
“He was with his girlfriend when he was abducted. They both stopped by the road to buy bananas.”