Sunday June 10 2012
Report: Obodo 'freed by kidnappers'

According to reports in Italy, Christian Obodo has been freed by his kidnappers in Nigeria after his family paid a €150,000 ransom.

The Udinese midfielder, who spent this season on loan at Lecce, was kidnapped in his hometown of Warri by a group of armed men on Saturday morning.

Today Nigerian police announced they were combing the area in a bid to find the player without requiring a ransom payment.

However, tonight Sky Sport Italia had word from Obodo’s agent Bruno Carpeggiani that the family agreed to pay the €150,000 ransom and secured his release.

The midfielder’s girlfriend confirmed the news by phone, assuring he was “free, in good condition and sitting next to me in the car. We paid a ransom.”

Other reports in the local media claim police freed Obodo, so no ransom was paid.

It’s believed the family was particularly anxious to resolve the matter peacefully, as Obodo was kidnapped on his way into church.

Today in Nigeria two church services were attacked by Boko Haram militants in the cities of Jos and Blu.