It has been reported that kidnappers have released the mother of Bordeaux and Nigeria winger Samuel Kalu after holding her for nearly a week.
This was just revealed by police in Abia.
Ozuruonye Juliet Kalu was seized from her car on February 27 as she travelled to her home in Abia state. Reports said the kidnappers demanded some three million Naira for her release.
But it was not known whether the money was paid, Abia state police spokesman Godfrey Ogbona said.
"But we are still investigating the incident in a bid towards ensuring that those who carried out the act are arrested and brought to book," he continued.
Nigeria's Sporting Life publication quoted the 21-year-old footballer as saying the kidnappers initially asked for three million Naira in payment, then upped the demand to 15 million.