African footballer abducted by gunmen

African Football

Nigeria international midfielder Dayo Ojo was abducted by gunmen this week, his club Enyimba has confirmed.

Travelling home to Akure after the suspension of the NPFL, Ojo along with Benjamin Iluyomade, a second division player and teammate Emmanuel James were attacked by unknown gunmen.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that has already caused one reported death in the country, Nigerian giants Enyimba has urged for their key player to be released.

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"Enyimba Football Club can announce that midfielder Ekundayo Ojo has been abducted by gunmen along the Benin-Owo expressway," the club statement read.

"At this time, and considering the sensitivity of the incident, Enyimba Football Club wishes to call on members of the media to refrain from reports or speculations capable of jeopardising the player's safety.

"Ojo's family also wishes to appeal for privacy while enjoining the general public to pray for the safety and freedom of the player."

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Meanwhile, James, who escaped unharmed confirmed the incident with local reporters: "We were travelling on the road when the gunmen came out from the bush and attacked us.

"They shot sporadically before abducting some people in the vehicle including the two players but I managed to escape."