Monday, August 22, 2011

John Mikel Obi's father freed and his kidnappers arrested

The kidnapped father of the Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi was freed on Monday after detectives traced him to a city in northern Nigeria.

Olusola Amore, a police spokesman, said investigators followed Michael Obi's trail from central Nigeria's Plateau state to Kano, one of the nation's largest cities. Officers raided the area where Obi was held, freeing him and arresting a number of kidnappers, Amore said.

Mikel's management company confirmed Michael Obi's release. "Earlier today, Michael Obi called his family to advise them that he had been released by his abductors. [We] have waited until now to release this information to ensure that Michael was safe," it said.

"Mikel John Obi 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."

The statement does not reveal whether a ransom was paid. Michael Obi is reported to have told the BBC shortly after his release: "I am very stressed."

Michael Obi was kidnapped on 12 August while on his way home from work in the central Nigerian city of Jos.


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