Gunmen abduct Rivers United coach, 2 others

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Story from Kenneth AFOR, Lagos

Stanley Eguma, Rivers United coach has been abducted by unknown gunmen in Enugu State.

He was abducted alongside two of his personal assistants on his way back from a Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) game against Adamawa United on Monday.

According to The Cable quoting a source close to the coach, Eguma was abducted on Monday on his way from Gombe state where his team lost 2-0 to Adamawa United.

The players and staff members slept in Enugu and he didn’t show up the following morning. They thought he slept in Makurdi.

“Since the players and other staff members left Enugu yesterday, we didn’t hear from them. Then the management got the news that Eguma had been kidnapped,” the source revealed.

“The kidnappers are now negotiating with the club management.”

Since the players and other staff members left Enugu yesterday, we didn’t hear from them. Then the management got the news that Eguma had been kidnapped,” the source revealed.

Kidnappings of footballers and officials, as well as their relatives, have become a common occurrence in the country, with Eguma the second NPFL coach to be kidnapped — after Abdulahi Biffo — in two years.

In February, Kabiru Mohammed, the bus driver of NPFL side, Adamawa United, was abducted by unknown gunmen and was released after six days after a ransom of N1m was paid to the abductors.

Last year, Super Eagles and Enyimba star Dayo Ojo was kidnapped alongside two others on the Benin-Owo expressway on his way to Akure following the suspension of the NPFL due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.

Last November, former Eagles midfielder Christian Obodo was kidnapped in Delta State, making it the second time he would be abducted in eight years, after suffering a similar fate in 2012.

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