Father of John Obi Mikel was kidnapped before the tie with Argentina
A couple of hours before kick-off Mikel was informed that his father was kidnapped and the kidnappers demanded N10 Million ($28,000 US) for his safe return.
The player kept it to himself as he didn’t want to distract anyone from the staff or his teammates.
“I was confused. I did not know what to do, but in the end I knew that I could not let 180 million Nigerians down,” Mikel said.
At the end the police were able to rescue Mikel’s father and he is now safe among his family members.
Command spokesperson, Superintendent of Police Ebere Amaraizu said in a statement on Tuesday: “The abductors started calling to demand a ransom of N10 million before police operatives acted on intelligence information and swooped on them.
“In the process of the rescue, a gun duel ensued between police operatives and the kidnappers which forced the hoodlums to abandon their victims inside the forest and they were promptly rescued.”
This is not the first incident in the player’s family as Mikel’s dad was kidnapped seven years ago. Security is now expected to be enhanced on Mikel’s family in Nigeria.
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