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Pulse List Musa, 7 other Nigerian players that have been arrested in Europe

With the arrest of Ahmed Musa, Pulse Sports take a look at Nigerian players who have been arrested in Europe.

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News broke early Thursday, April 6 that Nigerian footballer Ahmed Musa was arrested on suspicion of beating his wife.

Musa was however released after a few hours of questioning by Leicestershire Police.

With the arrest, Pulse Sports take a look at Nigerian players who have been arrested in Europe.

1. Celestine Babayaro

Celestine Babayaro play Celestine Babayaro (NFF)


While playing for Chelsea, Celestine Babayaro was arrested and charged with indecently assaulting a woman at his west London home in February 1999.

The 20-year-old Nigerian international will appear with two other men at Feltham Magistrates Court on 19 February.

Babayaro was taken to Fulham Police Station where he was held in custody for questioning, along with the other man.

The former left back acquitted of the charges and later sued the Daily Star for a headline suggesting he had been charged with rape and won an apology and damages.

2. Dickson Etuhu

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Former Super Eagles midfielder Dickson Etuhu was arrested in Sweden in November 2015 for an alleged scuffle with security guards and police officers outside a nightclub.

Etuhu now plays for ALK, based in Stockholm in Sweden.

He was later cleared of assault charges by a district court in Stockholm.

3. Godwin Okpara

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A former Super Eagles defender, Godwin Okpara was arrested by French police on charges of raping his 13-year-old adopted daughter in August 2005.

He was found guilty and imprisoned in June 2007 for 10 years but he regained freedom in January 2013 after serving six years.

Okpara who continues to maintain his innocence told Cable in a 2014 interview that he nearly committed suicide while in jail.

Many times I wanted to commit suicide. Two things stopped me: the hope of seeing my children again and the fact that I would have needed to hang myself if I wanted to do it ─ if I had access to pills I would have done it. I saw many inmates do it and I understood why they had to,” Okpara said.

4. Victor Agali

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Former Super Eagles striker Victor Agali was arrested at Schiphol airport near Amsterdam for carrying two fake passports in December 2009.

Agali who was playing for Greek club side, Levadiakos at that time was alleged to be in possession of two fake passports.

Agali was later acquitted of his charges by a court in Haarlem in November 2013; the court ruled that the arrest and detention were illegal.

5. Emmanuel Emenike

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Emmanuel Emenike was arrested in Turkey while he was playing for Karabukspor for his involvement in a match-fixing scandal in 2011.

The 28-year-old was accused of faking an injury to miss a game for Karabukspor against Fenerbahce in order to secure a £9million move to the club.

The Imo State born striker was arrested and detained for four days but the case was dismissed in 2013 by a Turkish court due to a lack of evidence.

Speaking of his time in prison, Emenike said he was treated like a criminal in a foreign country.

"My time in prison was a crazy nightmare that I couldn’t wake up from," the former  Super Eagles striker said in an interview with UK Sun.

"I’ve never committed a crime in my life, but I was treated like a criminal, living on bread and water."

6. The Sodje brothers

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ALSO READ: The Sodje brothers arrested for fraud

Former Super Eagles stars and brothers, Efe Sodje and Sam were in July 2016 arrested along with their siblings Stephen and Bright for alleged fraudulent activities at their charity, Sodje Sports Foundation (SSF).

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A probe by the National Crime Agency found alleged irregularities at the SSF which as a registered charity company has enjoyed tax exemptions and other benefits.

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