John Obi Mikel's father (twice kidnapped)
•Chikelue Iloenyonsi's father (who later died as a result of the trauma)
•Joseph Yobo's cousin
•Samson Siasia's mother
•Christian Obodo (twice)
One begins to wonder, what is it about kidnappers and Super Eagles players cum ex-internationals?
Yes, the players are perceived as very comfortable hence they become targets since it is assumed that they can pay the ransom demanded by the abductors....but could it be beyond this?
Is it that the kidnappers have special attractions to their victims or members of their families?
Or perhaps the lifestyle of the victims exposes them more to the kidnappers and their environment who like sniffer dogs are nosing around, seeking for who to hurt? This is why many say, trust no one these days. Of course, these kidnappers work with high level information. They know where their victims go to. They trail them. This cannot be done without an insider information.
These questions are pertinent in face of the fact that Obodo has been a victim twice just like Mikel's father.
Truth is we are living in very perilous times and when we add this to the level of insecurity in our country, it seems nowhere is safe anymore particularly here.
Stories like this scare anyone to the marrow especially players who were born overseas and desire to feature for the national team. Many of the players in the Super Eagles presently were born abroad but courted to play for Nigeria by the NFF. They must be scared by this story. Those who refuse to play for Nigeria cite this as one of the major reasons they dread the offer to play for Nigeria
It is more scary to note that Obodo's kidnap is coming barely 72 hours after Super Eagles' AFCON qualifier against Sierra Leone in Benin City...just an hour drive to Warri the oil rich city where the former Peruggia, Udinese, Fiorentina and Lecce player was kidnapped.
Again this sad incident has cast a dark shadow on the activities of security agents. But in the face of the #EndSARS Protest which has slowed down the activities of the police, this becomes worrisome.