Kanu Nwankwo, a former Super Eagles’ Skipper, has retrieved the money stolen from his luggage on arrival at the Moscow airport over the weekend after the attacker flew in for an exhibition game as part of the event towards the FIFA World Cup which starts in less than 12 days, AOIFootball.com reports.
Local police had confirmed earlier on Monday morning that indeed the former African footballer of the year was robbed of around $11,000, equivalent to four million Naira which was removed from his luggage on arrival at the Moscow airport.
However, AOIFootball.com can authoritatively confirm that the money has now been returned to the Arsenal legend, who told this medium immediately after he got back his money, that the local police have returned the stolen money.
“Yes it’s true that the money was stolen from me, but I can confirm to you right now that I have my money with me and I’m grateful to the security agencies for helping to recover it back,” Papilio said.
This incident will come as a setback to host country Russia, who are trying to stage a near-perfect World Cup with travellers been warned earlier by authorities to be vigilant throughout the tournament.