Lecce's Christian Obodo abducted in Nigeria

The Lecce midfielder was kidnapped on Saturday morning in Effurun, Delta State, and ransom demands have been made

Nigeria midfielder Christian Obodo has been abducted by unknown gunmen in Warri, Delta State. The footballer was taken on Saturday morning according to SuperSport.

Obodo, who played for Lecce in Italy during the recently-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 SuperSport. "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 has been kidnapped in Nigeria. However, footballers’ family members had been kidnapped in the past.

According to ANSA, the husband of Obodo's the sister, Obidike Okechukwu said, "The kidnappers called this morning at the home of the mother of Christian asking for a ransom of about €150,000.

"Christian was going to church, he was alone, around four o'clock in the morning Italian time, when some people kidnapped him."