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Gunmen in Nigeria have kidnapped the elder brother of Nigerian and Everton football star Joseph Yobo, police say.

Norum Yobo was seized at a hotel in Port Harcourt, a spokeswoman said. No group has yet claimed responsibility and no ransom has been demanded.

Everton football club said it would do all it could to help Joseph Yobo, who is on holiday in Lagos.

Kidnappings, frequent in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of the country, have mostly ended with a ransom payment.

Rivers State police spokeswoman Rita Inoma-Abbey told BBC Sport that an investigation had been carried out at the hotel where Norum Yobo was seized.

"We have not heard anything yet from Mr Norum or the kidnappers but we will make a statement available as soon as we can establish contact with them," she said.

The family has confirmed the incident, which occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, but otherwise declined to comment.

BBC Sport reporter Oluwashina Okeleji in Nigeria says kidnappings - more often of oil workers - have become a common occurrence in the south of Nigeria.

Although Nigeria is Africa's top oil producer and the bulk of that oil comes from the Niger Delta area, the region remains deeply impoverished, he says.


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Its awful! Hope Josephs brother comes back soon. And without any money been changing hands.

Robinhos mum was kidnapped before he moved to Real and I remember the Georgian defender Kakha Kalazes brother too was kidnapped before Kakha moved to Milan. Their demands was a lot of money but sadly enough the Georgian police found his brother dead years later. If not my memory let me down I think it was Sheva scoring the winner in a CL quarter final game and dedicated the goal and win to Kakha Kalazes dead brother, family and to Kakha himself.

Hope this one wont have to go this far.
 

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Thats terrible. To live in a country that you have to be fearful of being taken hostage if you have a family member with money is a nightmare. Hope this is resolved quickly and without incident.
 

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Its times like this that you remember football IS only a game after all.

I hope they find him alive, and that the kidnappers are found.
 

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Kidnappers release brother of Everton defender Yobo

Kidnappers have released the older brother of Everton and Nigeria defender Joseph Yobo after almost two weeks in captivity.

Norum Yobo was snatched at gunpoint with three other men on July 5 as they made their way home from a nightclub in Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Nigeria.

After a 12 days of uncertainty, Norum Yobo's release was confirmed by John Ola ****tu, who manages Joseph's affairs.
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Great news. It's good to hear a happy ending from one of these situations for once.
 
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That's very good news. :)
Thanks for the update owen. :)

Wonder what ransom was paid, if any.

At least now Joseph can concentrate on his football again
and the family can rest easy knowing Norum is safe.
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The elder brother of Nigerian and Everton football star Joseph Yobo has been released after being kidnapped by gunmen 12 days ago.

Nornu Yobo was seized at a hotel in Port Harcourt, the main city of the oil-rich Niger Delta region, where kidnappings for ransom are frequent.

The BBC's Oluwashina Okeleji says Nornu Yobo has flown into Lagos and has been reunited with his family.

Joseph Yobo told the BBC he was happy his brother had been freed safely.

"I feel so relieved and better now. It was a horrible experience that really affected me mentally and physically," he told the BBC.

Kidnapper hunt

Our reporter says Nornu Yobo was released on Wednesday evening, but it is not clear if a ransom was paid.

Police in Port Harcourt said the hunt for the kidnappers was still on.

Spokeswoman Rita Inoma-Abbey told the BBC they had earlier received a demand for 200m naira ($1.7m, £862,000) for Nornu Yobo's safe return.


"We have the phone number and we're trying to track them down using that," she said.

The Everton star, who is currently in Lagos, said he was grateful for all the support he had received over the kidnapping.

"I just want to say a big thank you to the management of Everton Football Club and the fans for their support.

"Also some close family members here in Nigeria as well as everyone who played a significant role in the safe release of Nornu."

He said he would return to England this weekend.

"I can now take a rest after this sad event," he said.

"I have not had time to really relax after the hectic Premier League season, as well the World Cup qualifiers."

Our correspondent says kidnappings - more often of oil workers - have become a common occurrence in the south of Nigeria.

Although Nigeria is Africa's top oil producer and the bulk of that oil comes from the Niger Delta area, the region remains deeply impoverished, he says.

BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7511820.stm
 
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