John Obi Mikel’s Father Freed from Kidnappers By Nigerian Police

Stamford Bridge midfielder’s father speaks of repeated beatings.

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The kidnapped father of Chelsea and Nigeria footballer John Mikel Obi has been freed by police.

Officers raided a neighbourhood in the Nigerian city Kano on Monday where they found Michael Obi and arrested five suspects.

Obi was kidnapped on 12 August as he travelled home from work in the city of Jos, around 200 miles away from Kano.

He told reporters: “I started begging them but they beat me mercilessly. They kept me in a terrible place.”

The BBC’s Yusuf Ibrahim Yakasai said Obi’s face showed signs of the beatings that he says he endured during his ordeal.

“I was taken right deep into the bush, in an isolated area in Jos”, Obi said.

“There are five of them and they were dressed in military uniforms. They pushed me into a vehicle painted in military colours and began to drive very fast. I never knew a vehicle can fly like that.”

Mikel’s management company Sport Entertainment & Media Group (SEM) said in a statement: “Earlier today Michael Obi called his family to advise them that he had been released by his abductors.

“John Obi Mikel would like to thank everyone in Nigeria, his family and friends, Chelsea FC and their fans and his agents for their total support during this terrible time.”


It is thoroughly commendable that John Obi Mikel managed to play for Chelsea whilst this ordeal was taking place and it is great news for the Mikel family that no harm befell the Nigerian midfielder’s father after what must have been a horrific few days with the kidnappers who will hopefully be brought to justice in the near future.

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