Nigeria midfielder Christain Obodo abducted by unknown gunmen
Nigeria midfielder Christain Obodo has been abducted by unknown gunmen in southern Nigeria.
A family friend has told BBC Sport that the kidnappers have issued a ransom demand for nearly US$200,000.
Police in Warri are yet to issue any official statement regarding the missing footballer.
But oil rich Warri in Delta State is notorious for abductions of the rich and famous, or their family members.
Obodo, who was on loan at Italian side Lecce from rivals Udinese last season, was driving alone early on Saturday morning when he was abducted.
It is not the first time a footballer has been kidnapped in Nigeria.
International defender Onyekachi Apam was kidnapped by armed men who took his car before releasing him.
Nornu Yobo, elder brother of Everton defender Joseph, was famously kidnapped in 2008 in oil-rich Port Harcourt.
Nornu was released after 10 days but it was never made clear whether a ransom was paid.
Last year, the father of Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi was also seized in Jos, north-central Nigeria.
Nigerian police, however, rescued Micheal Obi senior from his abductors days later.