Enyimba international midfielder Ojo Ekundayo was kidnapped by gunmen along Benin-Owo Expressway on Sunday 22 March.
The former sunshine player was on his way to Akure for a break after the Nigerian professional league was suspended due to coronavirus pandemic.
Ojo was in the company of Enyimba teammate Emmanuel James as well as Benjamin illuyoumade of Abia comet.While James escaped the attack, illuyomade was captured alongside Ojo.
Family sources told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the kidnappers first asked for a ransom of 100 million Naira hours after they made contact with the players’ families.
It was further gathered that on Monday the kidnappers reviewed the ransom downwards to 20 million Naira.
However, Ojo and Iluyomade, who were former teammates at Sunshine Stars, regained their freedom on Wednesday, having spent four days with their abductors.
This was only after a negation was reached between the families of the player and Enyimba football club to help rescue the dual from the kidnappers den.
We negotiated from N100m to N20m before they finally agreed on N2.5 million,” the Owena Waves captain told journalists as reported by The Nation.
“Those people have back up in the Army and the Police. They never asked us to drop the money inside the bush; they met with us one on one.
“They asked me to bring the money before they released them, so I don’t know where police rescued them because I don’t like ‘fake news’ we reached Akure around 1 am on Thursday.
“But the most important thing is that both of them are alive and are back with their families.”
The 25-year-old has featured seven times for the super eagles of Nigeria. He was signed by Enyimba Football Club of Aba from Sunshine Stars of Akure.