*Mikel’s father Pa Michael Obi was rescued after a heated gun battle between the abductors and police.
The Nigeria police has on Monday rescued the abducted father of Nigeria’s national Football team’s captain, Mikel Obi, in Enugu.
In a statement issued by spokesman of Enugu State Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu, said Pa Michael Obi and his driver, Ishaya John, were kidnapped last Friday along Makurdi – Enugu Road.
The statement read: “The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force through its operatives of the 9th Mile Division on Monday at 2:30 p.m. rescued Pa Michael Obi and his driver one Ishaya John unhurt in Egede Udi forest in Enugu State along old Egede Affa Road in Enugu.
They were rescued hale and hearty and Pa Michael Obi and the driver have rejoined their family. It was gathered that Pa Obi was allegedly abducted along Makurdi -Enugu road in the afternoon of 29/6/18 on his way from Jos in his grey colored Toyota Prado SUV with registration number MUS 604CG and taken to unknown destination through the thick forest part of the area.
It was further gathered that the abductors had established contact with the family and had placed a demand of N10 million before the operatives acting on intelligence information swooped on them where a gun duel ensued. This forced the hoodlums to abandon their victims inside the forest and they were promptly rescued.”
John Mikel Obi, the former Chelsea Star is Nigeria’s national team (Super Eagles) captain that lead the team to FIFA world cup , Russia 2018 where the team fell out of the group stage after losing to Argentina late into the game.