Stamford Bridge star will continue to play.
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has received a ‘sizeable ransom demand’ from the people who have kidnapped his father, but reports it is £80,000 is not true.
Michael Obi, who runs a transport company, failed to return home from work on Friday in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.
His car has been found after the kidnappers told police where to find it and have now made their ransom demands clear.
John Obi’s agents have release a statement asking for calm from supporters and insists he will continue playing for the Blues this weekend.
“Reports from Nigeria of an £80,000 ransom demand for the return of John Obi Mikel’s father is not true,” an SEM statement read.
“We confirm Michael Obi has been abducted and the kidnappers have been in touch with the family & representatives of the family and discussions for Michael’s safe release have begun.
“A sizeable demand has been made but for security reasons, we are unable to release details of the amount.
“Mikel would like to thank his family, friends, Chelsea FC and his agents for their support and at this time it is Mikel’s intention to play for Chelsea this weekend, encouraged by his family to do so.”
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.”