The death of a former captain of the Nigerian Scrabble Team, Paul Sodje, has been announced.
Sodje is reported to have died in Ondo State after he was abducted by suspected herdsmen.
His body was discovered on September 1 inside a bush in Idoani, Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Confirming the news to The PUNCH, the Chairman of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation, Publicity Committee, Akintunde Akinsemola, said:
Chris was going for his uncle’s funeral in Okwagbe, Delta State on August 28, when he was kidnapped at Ifon, Ondo State. The Fulani men demanded N100m but later reduced it to N1m. His wife Flora and friends rallied round to raise the ransom.
Then his elder brother Paul and a friend took the ransom to them, yet the Fulani men murdered the two of them. Chris has not been found and the kidnappers have stopped communicating with the family.
Idoani elders led by Otunba Oladele Olapeju, who were searching for their kinsmen, who were also kidnapped, saw Paul Sodje’s body and that of the man that accompanied him to the herders rendezvous.
“They took the bodies to the Federal Medical Centre, Owo,” he said.