Oba Martins had a horror ordeal late Monday evening – with the Sun reporting thatÂ three masked gunmen surrounded him and his car at a petrol station near his apartment in Lagos, Nigeria. The gunmenÂ sprayed the car with bullets – and Obaâ€™s friend, Remi Onipede, who was with ObaÂ in the car – was hit in the hand and shoulder.
This appears to have been a murder attempt.
Oba tried to back the car out of danger but was blocked by another car. The Mercedes car he was in was sprayed with bullets – seemingly much like a Hollywood movie â€“ but police did arrive on the scene and Oba and his friend are nowÂ safe. Oba and his friend are bothÂ in Italy recovering. The gunmen escaped and this isÂ being investigated by the Police.
Earlier this year ObaÂ didnâ€™t turn up for a game that Nigeria had in England earlier this year. He had gone and picked up his sick Mom from Lago – but didn’t inform the Nigerian officials he would not be turning up for the game. When he was returning to England he was spotted at the Lagos airport â€“ and booed by Nigerian supporters.
There is a theory theÂ attack may be linked to this eventÂ â€“ but it does seem rather bizarre and crazy. It was not a robbery which leads one to believe it could have been a murder attempt – as terrible as that seems.
A shocked Obefemi Martins said last night from Italy:
â€œThey shot indiscriminately and tried to kill all the occupants of the car. They werenâ€™t there to rob me but to finish me off.
â€œI thought I was going to die. They executed it like professional hired assassins.
“They didnâ€™t say anything to me but just started shooting at the car. It was hell. I was dead in my heart and soul. It all happened like in the movies.â€
â€œI didnâ€™t know their mission but they looked scary and mean. My nerves were completely dead when I saw the guns.â€
â€œIf you are attacked by armed robbers, they only threaten you and take whatever they want but these guys were only after my life.
â€œHow I managed to escape is still shocking and unbelievable.
â€œMaybe someone up there loves me more than I could imagine because only he could explain what happened.
â€œBut my mother is scared they could come back again.
â€œShe almost passed out when she saw the car. She just kept asking who wants me dead.
â€œI donâ€™t feel safe in Lagos any more and donâ€™t think I want to return so fast.
“I was born in Lagos, I am a Lagosian. But when I donâ€™t feel safe in my hometown then something must be wrong.
â€œI am not running away from armed robbers but people who want to take the life of Obafemi Martins.
“Itâ€™s a great thing to play for your country, put smiles on the faces of people and also feel safe among your family and fans.
â€œBut when the situation gets out of hand, I donâ€™t think coming home is something I can even contemplate.â€
Remi Onipede, Oba’s friend – speaking fom his hospital bed, said:
â€œI am grateful to God for his favors because I could have been a dead man by now.
But Iâ€™ve had X-rays and doctors say I will be fine. Those people were merciless, they just kept shooting at us.â€
Martinsâ€™ mum Alhaja added:
â€œObafemi is the breadwinner of my family and some evil people want him dead.
â€œTell me why he should continue to stay here.
â€œI have told him to return to Europe and I will join him there when I feel like seeing him.
â€œThey might return to haunt him, so it will be stupid of him to stay.â€
This is a bizarre and difficult situation for Oba and his friend -Â and certainlyÂ Newcastle officials will be in contact with Oba quickly – to ensure he is safe and OK.Â
On the bright side things could have been a whole lot worse.Â Â WeÂ trust that Oba and his friend areÂ OK and well – after this terrifying incident.