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Sunday, 22 December 2019

Gunmen Kidnap Football Club Boss, Demand N20m Ransom

Bennard Joman
President of Nigeria National League side, Dynamite Force Football Club, Bennard Joman, has been kidnapped by gunmen in Kogi. The NNL media officer, Amar Ignis, told Sunday PUNCH that the club president was abducted by yet to be identified bandits.

According to Amar, Joman was returning to Iyahmo/Benin from Abuja when he was kidnapped at a spot in Irepeni village, Okene – Lokoja Road, Kogi State.

Bennard, who also doubles as the Director representing South South zone on the Nationwide League One NLO board, was said to have travelled to Abuja for the NNL Club Owners’ meeting and was returning to his base in Edo State when the suspected gunmen stopped his car along Lokoja-Okene Road.

“He was coming from Abuja because the NNL had Club Owners’ meeting. The incident happened on his way home around Kogi which has become a bad spot for Nigeria now,” the NNL media officer said.

Not much has been heard of his safety but a close relative of the Dynamite Force boss who pleaded anonymity, said the abductors had contacted the family and demanded N20m.

“They have contacted us and demanded a sum of N20m as ransom. We are worried because we don’t know his situation.

“The family is working hard to secure his release and we have contacted all the relevant agencies, including the police, to come to our aid,” he said.

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