By Omon-Julius Onabu
As Nigerian international soccer star, Christian Obodo, savours regaining his freedom from ransom seeking kidnappers, his family has been thrown into a festive mood.
Monday, Christian’s mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Obodo, expressed gratitude to President Goodluck Jonathan and a local Christian prophet, Jeremiah Fufeyin for their concerted efforts towards the release of her son.
Mrs. Obodo said in Warri said that she was overjoyed that her son was rescued hale and hearty, after gunmen whisked him away from in front of a church located in the Jakpa New Layout area of Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
She disclosed that the prompt action of the Delta Police Command, which culminated in her son’s early release followed the marching orders of President Jonathan and the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar, to secure the release of the ex-Super Eagles player within 24 hours.
Similarly, she said Prophet Fufeyin, who is the General Overseer of Christ Mercy-land Deliverance Ministry, Ekpan-Warri and others joined in fervent prayers for Christian Obodo’s release without being harmed by his captors.
Mrs. Obodo however disclosed that the kidnappers had threatened to kill their victim if the N30 million ransom they demanded was not paid by Sunday. She said she sent the threat message to the church minister via a text message.
Fufeyin referred to her message thus, “I beg you pray for my son who has just been kidnapped yesterday (Saturday). The abductors asked for N30million ransom which should be paid before Sunday which is the deadline, else, he will be killed.
“As God would have it and after fervent prayers, Obodo’s mother later called that her son had been released, praising God for his wonderful works.”