by Hauwa Gambo
While Nigerians celebrate the release of footballer Christian Obodo who was abducted days ago, a community vigilante group in the area where he was rescued has come out to deny reports of police heroism.
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Following the credit been taken by the Delta state police command over the release of kidnapped soccer star, Christian Obodo, the Emevor Vigilante squad in Isoko North local government area of the state has expressed sadness over claims of the police stating that they were the one that rescued the football star.
Delta State police spokesperson DSP Charles Muka had told Saharareporters that the abducted soccer star was rescued by police in Emevor in Isokoland, a position corroborated by the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Chika Ogeah..
Speaking to our reporter at Emevor, angry local vigilantes, who pleaded for anonymity, said the police lied about the release of Obodo. they asked the police to give them credit and not undue credit all by themselves.
Giving graphic account of the rescue effort, the local vigilante member said the football star who was earlier in the day hidden in a nearby forest but was moved to a local food vendor for dinner by his abductors. He said, that Mr. Obodo acted quickly and sneaked out of the place before he screamed on top of his voice for help which led some good villagers to alert the Community vigilante who swiftly came to his rescue.
Though, the Vigilante group said they later called the Police in Emevor who came and took Obodo away, they decried the heroism the police command ascribed to itself.
Some residents interviewed said they were in their houses when they heard someone calling for help, and they quickly responded and only to discover that it was Obodo.
“We just finished watching a football match, and were about to go to bed. All of a sudden, we heard a voice screaming ‘I am Christian Obodo, I was kidnapped, please come and help me’. We immediately rushed to the scene and quickly contacted the community vigilante who came to save the situation before the kidnappers could reinforce and come after him.”
The police claimed they made five arrests in the community.