Super Eagles captain, Michael Obi’s Dad Michael has been rescued from kidnappers by the Nigeria Police Force. Reports said that he was abducted along Makurdi-Enugu Road on June 29 on his way from Jos.
The abductors had demanded ₦10 million before the police rescued Michael.
It was gathered that Michael Obi and his driver were abducted along Makurdi-Enugu Road on June 29 in the afternoon on his way from Jos in his grey-coloured Toyota Prado jeep with registration number: MUS 604 CG and taken to an unknown destination through the thick forest part of the area.
It was further gathered that 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.
The Enugu State police spokesperson, Ebere Amaraizu, said Michael had been abducted June 29, but Mikel, speaking to KweseESPN, said he learned about the abduction on June 26, 4 hours before playing Argentina.
Mikel did not tell anyone about the kidnap, opting instead to face Argentina in the Group D clash.
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.
I had to shut it out of my head and go and represent my country first. I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody.
And I did not want to discuss it with the coach because I did not want my issue to become a distraction to the coach or the rest of the team on the day of such an important game. So as much as I wanted to discuss it with the coach, I could not do it.
This isn’t the 1st, but the second time Michael Obi will be abducted, the first in 2011 while he was travelling home from work in Jos.