Christian Obodo abducted in Warri

In the first instance of a footballer being kidnapped in Nigeria, the Lecce midfielder was taken on Saturday morning in Effurun, Delta State

Nigeria midfielder Christian Obodo has been abducted by unknown gunmen in Warri, Delta State.

The footballer was taken on Saturday morning according to reports on

Obodo, who played at Lecce in Italy during the just concluded season on loan from Udinese, was reported to have gone to a night club on Friday night in his car with registration number “Obodo 5” but was picked up on Saturday morning in front of a church in Effurun, a suburb of Warri.

"Yes he has been kidnapped," an unnamed Delta State government official told "The details are still sketchy but I was told he was on his way to church this [Saturday] morning with his car that has registration number 'Obodo 5.'"

"Apparently his car's registration may have attracted his kidnappers because he went clubbing last [Friday] night in the same car."

It is the first time a footballer is being kidnapped in Nigeria. However, footballers’ family members had been kidnapped in the past.

The gunmen are yet to contact Obodo’s family for a ransom.