Nigerian football giants Enyimba have announced that midfielder Ekundayo Ojo has been abducted by gunmen.
Ojo was travelling along the Benin-Owo expressway when he, Enyimba teammate Emmanuel James and fellow professional footballer Benjamin Iluyomade were attacked.
The incident reportedly happened on the same day Enugu Rangers striker Ifeanyi George was killed in a car accident, aged just 26 on the Benin-Agbor expressway.
Enyimba said in a statement: “Enyimba Football Club can announce that midfielder Ekundayo Ojo has been abducted by gunmen along the Benin-Owo expressway.
“The incident occurred on Sunday, March 22 as the player journeyed to Akure to observe a break following the suspension of the Nigeria Professional Football League amid concerns over the global pandemic, COVID-19.
The statement continued: “Enyimba FC have since maintained close contact with Ojo’s family, as efforts are already in place to ensure the player’s release from his abductors.
“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 speculation capable of jeopardising the players’ 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.”