Two Nigerian footballers – one a Super Eagles international – have been released after being kidnapped on Sunday. Enyimba FC, for whom midfielder Ekundayo Ojo plays, said that both he and Abia Comet’s Benjamin Iluyomade had “regained their freedom.”
“Our midfielder man, Dayo Ojo has regained freedom from his kidnappers,” the club tweeted. The pair were taken on Sunday when a vehicle they were travelling in from Akure was attacked. Another player from Enyimba, Emmanuel James, was also in the car, but escaped. Ojo represented Nigeria at senior level at the 2018 African Nations Championship, and at youth level with the U-17 in 2010. The news of the kidnapping had come just hours after the death in a car crash of two footballers from Rangers International – Emmanuel Ogbu and Ifeanyi George, who was also a Super Eagles player.