Kidnappers Refuse To Release Former Super Eagles Player’s Father After Paying N50m Ransom

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Nearly a month after kidnappers seized the 83-year-old father of a former Super Eagles player, Chikelue Iloenyosi, in Anambra State, the victim is yet to regain his freedom.

The victim, identified as James, was kidnapped on November 25, 2013.

Following the kidnap, his family was contacted after which N50m ransom was demanded.

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It was learnt that after negotiations, the family paid the kidnappers an undisclosed amount over two weeks ago.

A relative of the victim, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said after collecting the ransom, the kidnappers had refused to release the octogenarian.

He said: “We reached an agreement with the kidnappers and we were told to drop off the money at a particular location two weeks ago. The money was dropped and the kidnappers called us to acknowledge receipt.”

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“They also promised to release papa that night, but they have turned off their telephones and we could not get across to them.”

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It was learnt that the State Security Service, the Nigerian Army and the police were all investigating the matter.

The source said the incident had thrown them into anxiety as they appealed to the kidnappers to honour their agreement.

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