Ex-Super Eagles midfielder Fegor Ogude’s wife is the latest victim of kidnap by unknown gun men in the sports world.
The most popular victim of sport-related kidnap was the father of John Mikel Obi who was kidnapped in 2011 but was eventually rescued alive after a media-led countdown.
Security agents raided a neighbourhood in Kano in August 2011 where they found Michael Obi (pictured).
They reportedly arrested five suspects who had kidnapped him on August 12 while he was returning home from work in Jos, some 200 miles from Kano State.
He was quoted by reporters then to have said: “I started begging them but they beat me mercilessly. They kept me in a terrible place.”
BBC’s Yusuf Ibrahim Yakasai said Obi’s face showed signs of the beatings endured during his ordeal.
“I was taken right deep into the bush, in an isolated area in Jos,” Obi said.
“There are five of them and they were dressed in military uniforms. They pushed me into a vehicle painted in military colours and began to drive very fast. I never knew a vehicle can fly like that.”
The freedom of Mr Obi senior was well celebrated in Nigeria and beyond and Mikel Obi even met with the then President Goodluck Jonathan, with the international media really giving it coverage.
The abductors had earlier demanded an improbable £2.4 billion, supposedly because Chelsea is owned by Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich.
On November 17, 2015, the mother of Dream Team coach, Samson Siasia, was kidnapped but eventually found weeks later while his son was leading the Nigerian team to glory at the African Under 23 Championship in Senegal.
According to reports, gunmen stormed the family residence of the Siasias at Odoni community of Sagbama LGA of Bayelsa State and forcefully whisked away Siasia’s mother on a motorcycle.
Also recently, police rescued Joe Johnson, the general manager of Dolphins FC Port Harcourt. He was kidnapped on Sunday October 11,2015 between Omagwa and Aluu while on his was to the Port Harcourt airport.
Ogude currently plies his trade at Russian Club Amkar Perm.
The midfielder came to local football prominence while playing for Warri Wolves from 2007 till 2010 when he joined Valeranga of Oslo, Norway.
He played 51 games for Valeranga, scoring six goals before moving to Amkar perm in 2014, and has scored four goals in 47 appearances.
Ogude was a member of the Super Eagles team that won the 2013 African Cup of Nations and was at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013.