Four armed robbers on Monday in broad daylight attacked the Jos home of Nigeria midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, making away with a Toyota Highlander, money and other items.
However, nobody was seriously hurt and no lives were lost.
A press release from a representative of the Nigeria star made available to Completesportsnigeria.com revealed that the robbers physically assaulted Onazi’s father.
Speaking from his base in Turkey, Onazi who is obviously shaken by the incident, disclosed that the bandits pretended to be courier men with a letter to be delivered to his father.
“Those robbers came, pretending they were there to deliver a letter to my dad at about 1.40pm on Monday (yesterday), as soon as he collected their fake letter and asked where it was coming from they swooped on him, tied his hands, beat him up, inflicting machete cuts on him in the process,” Onazi was quoted in the release.
“They told him this is the first in a series of attacks that they will launch on our house and that I ( Onazi) will be their target the next time.
“Those guys took their time to take some valuable materials including car and some cash but I am thankful to God they didn’t do more than that.”
Onazi’s brothers and other family members have reported the incident to the police who have promised to bring the hoodlums to book and also help with the recovery of the stolen items.
The release says Onazi’s father has also been discharged from hospital where he was treated for the injuries inflicted on him during the ordeal.