“Ant no go bite you if e no dey your body.” One of the abductors of Christian Obodo was quoted as saying the above while making contact for a N30m ransom after they kidnapped the Udinese of Italy player Saturday in Effurun, near Warri in Delta State.
This simply means that an ant cannot bite you if it was not on your body. It is against this background that, among other possibilities, the police in Delta are not ruling out “an insider’s job” in the abduction of Obodo.
Obodo was released by the abductors who had initially requested a N30 Million ransom after frantic efforts by the Delta state Police Command. He was rescued at Enevo, a village in Isoko, Delta state.
When contacted at about 10 pm on Sunday, Delta State Chairman of Sports Commission and FA chairman , Pinick Amaju confirmed Obodo’s release. According to him, “Christian is with me now”, he disclosed.
The Delta Police command is said to have combed all parts of the state to track the kidnappers and release the one time Eagles star who is now on lone to Lecce from Udinese.
Delta State government has shown tremendous concern over the problem and they are said to ave worked closely with the police for Obodo’s freedom.
Timi Igbikabaro, the spokesman of Delta FA who frowned at the lifestyle of Obodo maintained his position yesterday when he added that “kidnapping of stars started in places like Mexico and the common thing now is for stars to be conscious of their security.”
Timi was reacting to comments that Obodo was not to blame for his abduction “because people should be free to move around in their cities.”
“While not trying to justify what happened it is still important for stars to be conscious of their status and their movements,” Timi said yesterday, adding “can David Beckham walk the streets of London unaccompanied? Can Lionel Messi or Ronaldo walk the streets of Lisbon unaccompanied? They could be mobbed and that could be a security problem. The commissioner of Police in the state has even said that if stars like Obodo were in town and informed them security would be provided for them. Jay Jay Okocha and Victor Ikpeba are members of the State FA and they visit cities of Delta State regularly but anytime they are coming they inform us and security is usually provided.”
Timi said that Obodo used a customized car with plate number “Obodo 5” to a night club in Warri on Friday and had spent a lot of money to entertain friends, saying that “this must have attracted the kidnappers.”