Stamford Bridge star still distraught.
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has been contacted by the people who kidnapped his father in Nigeria.
The alarm was raised when Michael Obi, who runs a transport company, failed to return home from work on Friday in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.
Mikel, who was told the news on Saturday but chose to play in the Blues’ goalless draw with Stoke the following day, appealed for information on the whereabouts of his father.
The family have now been contacted by the kidnappers but the ransom amount has not been revealed.
“Some people called my mum informing her that they have her husband in custody,” Mikel’s brother Ebele Obi said.
“My mum, while crying, pleaded with the abductors to release her husband. They asked her to go and look for money but declined to state how much.”
Tony Obi, eldest son of Michael Obi, confirmed their father’s car had also been retrieved.
“We got two calls from the abductors who confirmed that our father is in their custody,” he said.
“They told me where to locate my dad’s car, which has been found, but I do not want to disclose the location for now.”
“We have heard our father’s voice. At least we now know that he is alive. The family is happy, relieved but still we plead with the abductors to release our father.”