John Obi Mikel’s father freed from captors in north Nigeria

By benim
In News
Aug 22nd, 2011

Ten days after he was last seen, Michael Obi, the father of Chelsea and Ni­ger­ian national soccer star John Obi Mikel was found alive in the Ni­ger­ian city of Kano.
The father of Chelsea star John Obi Mikel was rescued from his captors 10 days after he was abducted. (DARREN STAPLES – REUTERS)

Michael Obi never came home on Aug. 12 and word reached London as Mikel was gearing up for the Blues first match of the season.

The midfielder made a televised plea asking for information and the release of his father. Late last week agents for Mikel said his father’s kidnappers demanded a “sizable” ransom sum.

Ni­ger­ian federal police spokesman Olusola Amore told The Associated Press that detectives raided the area where Obi was held in the northern Ni­ger­ian city after tracking his abductors. Police arrested his abductors — who reportedly wore full military fatigues to avoid confrontations — at the scene and transported them to the country’s commercial capital of Lagos.

A disheveled Obi told reporters, “I was seriously beaten.”

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