Police rescue abducted footballer

Jun 12, 2012, 07:42 IST | AFP

Nigerian police have freed international footballer Christian Obodo unhurt during a raid, a day after gunmen kidnapped him in front of a church and demanded a ransom, a spokesman said yesterday

“He has been rescued and we have five suspects in our net as a result of it,” Delta state police spokesman Charles Muka said. He said police staged a raid on Sunday night after trailing the kidnappers to their hideout.

In addition to the five arrests, an AK-47 rifle was recovered, Muka said. The Italy-based midfielder was kidnapped by four men in Effurun in Delta state on Saturday morning. His kidnappers had demanded a ransom of about $188,000 (149,000 euros).

Obodo, 28, is a Nigerian international midfielder who spent last season on loan at southern Italian club Lecce from fellow Serie A side Udinese.

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