Kidnapping: Kidnappers of Super Eagles forward Samuel Kalu’s mother have increased their ransom demand to N50m for her release.
Kalu’s mother, Juliet Ozuruonye Kalu, was kidnapped on February 27 at Umuamacha Umueze in Abia State on her way home.
The kidnappers initially demanded for N3m but refused to release Mrs Kalu after the money was paid.
Kalu, a winger with Girondins Bordeaux in France, is worried about his mum’s safety after the kidnappers demanded the N50m ransom for her release.
He begged the kidnappers to release his mother promising to do everything within his powers to help the Super Eagles win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt if selected.
Kalu is among the players named by coach Gernot Rohr in Nigeria’s squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles and the friendly clash against Egypt in delta state this month.
The 21-year-old Kalu, who made his Eagles debut last September, is not the first Nigerian footballer to have a relative kidnapped.
At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Nigeria captain Mikel Obi’s father was abducted ahead of the game against Argentina.
The former Chelsea midfielder was asked to pay £21,000 as ransom before his father was released.
On November 25, 2013, 86-year-old Chief James Iloenyosi, father of ex-Eagles defender Chikelue Iloenyosi, was kidnapped on his way back from church. The family paid a ransom of N15m to the kidnappers for the release of Chief Iloenyosi, who unknown to his family, had died in the custody of the kidnappers.
Last October, Lobi Stars forward, Sunday Akleche, and his wife were also kidnapped by unknown men around Abia State, while on their way to Port Harcourt.
The kidnappers placed a N50m ransom on the couple.
Former Nigeria and Udinese midfielder Christian Obodo was kidnapped on his way to church at Effurun, near Warri, Delta State in 2012 but was rescued a day later around Isoko, on the outskirts of the town.