Some players and staff of a grassroots female football team have been kidnapped in Uronigbe, Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State.
The football team was returning from a match in Owa-Alero, Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State, around 6 pm on Friday when their abductors took them hostage.
A source told PUNCH that the kidnappers later contacted some of their victims’ relatives to ask for a ransom of N5 million for an abductee.
“They (the footballers) went to Owa-Alero to play a football match, but on their way back, they were kidnapped in the Uronigbe area, the boundary between Delta and Edo,” the source was quoted to have said.
“The victims include Mrs Precious Agbajor, one Abraham, Nancy, Beatrice, the driver and one other person. They are six in number that are in the kidnappers’ den. The matter has been reported at the Uronigbe police station.
“The kidnappers have contacted the family of Agbajor and asked them to pay N5m for his wife.”
Bright Edafe, the spokesperson of the Delta State police, confirmed that the kidnap happened in Edo State.
Chidi Nwabuzor, the Edo State police spokesperson, did not answer phone calls made to him. He had also not responded to a text message sent to him at press time.
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