Police in Ondo have confirmed the abduction of two footballers – Dayo Ojo of Enyimba FC and Iluyomade Benjamin of Abia Comets FC.
The players were kidnapped on Sunday evening at Ipele town on Benin-Akure Expressway in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo.
Spokesperson of Ondo police, Tee-Leo Ikoro, who confirmed the incident on Monday to reporters in Akure, said the police were already on the trail of the kidnappers.
Ikoro said one of the players, Emmanuel James, also an Enyimba player, who managed to escape, has been rescued by police officers.
“We have been able to rescue one of the players and our men are already in the bush after the kidnappers,” the spokesperson said, promising to get more information from the Divisional Police Officer of Ipele Owo.
The abducted players were on their way to their base in Akure from Owerri, after a holiday was declared for all Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) players following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The duo were former players of Sunshine Stars FC of Akure.