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Heartland players kidnapped in Ondo


Gunmen on Sunday abducted two players of  Heartland Football Club of Owerri, Imo State on Benin-Akure Expressway, Ondo State.

The players, Dayo Ojo and Benjamin Francis, were on their way to their base in Akure from Owerri after a holiday was declared for the Heartland Football team following the Coronavirus issue in the country.

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The source said the duo, who were former players of the Sunshine Stars of Akure, were abducted at Ipele town on Benin-Akure Expressway in Owo Local Government Area of the state.

The details of how the duo were abducted were not clear as at the time of filing this report.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the incident and said the police were already on the trail of the hoodlums to secure the release of the victims.

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He also disclosed that one of the players have been rescued by the men of the state police command. But he did not give out the rescued player.

” We have been able to rescue one of the players and our men are already in the bush after the kidnappers. I will get the details of the incident as soon as I get the information from the DPO of Ipele Owo,” the police spokesman stated.