Kidnapped Nigeria-born international soccer star Christian Obodo was released Sunday evening, according to a top-level security source. Obodo was kidnapped in Delta state on Saturday. The source, however, could not disclose whether or not a ransom was paid before the Nigeria-born midfielder was freed by his captors, Xinhua reported.
"I can confirm to you that the football star has reunited with his family a few hours ago," the source said. Abductors had initially demanded a ransom of 150, 000 euro (USD 188,000) , according to a family source.
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Obodo who was in Nigeria to visit his family was driving alone in an area called Effurun in Delta state Saturday morning when some unidentified gunmen abducted him.