I received a call that my father was kidnapped before Argentina match – Mikel Obi

I received a call that my father was kidnapped before Argentina match - Mikel Obi 1

Super Eagles of Nigeria captain, John Mikel Obi has expressed his gratitude to the Nigeria Police Force following the rescue of his father from kidnappers on Monday.

The Super Eagles midfielder posted a statement Tuesday on his social media platforms.
According to him, a family member had called and told him that he had to call the kidnappers on a designated number. After he did so, he was ordered to pay a ransom.

He further explained that although he was distraught by the news, he had to put it aside and focus on the match.

He wrote:

“I was emotionally distraught and I had to make the decision about whether I was mentally ready to play. 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 could not even inform the coaches or NFF staff and only a very tight circle of my friends knew.

“I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody. I also did not want to discuss it with the coach [Gernot Rohr] because I did not want my issue to become a distraction to him or the rest of the team on the day of such an important game. As much as I wanted to discuss it with the coach, I could not,” 

He posted on his social media platforms to give gratitude for his father’s live.

“I would like to thank the police authorities involved in ensuring the safe return of my father after the ordeal this week. I will also like to thank everyone for their kind words of support.
“He is now recuperating with family. My family and I are grateful.”
Mikel father’s Pa Michael Obi, and his driver were traveling from Nigeria’s central region to the southeast of the country for a funeral when the kidnappers struck.
Obi received a call demanding a ransom a few hours before Nigeria faced Argentina in a crucial World Cup match in St. Petersburg, Russia, police said in a statement.
He said kidnappers demanded 10 million Naira (around $30,000) because they will release his father.
The former Chelsea player revealed he did not tell anyone in the team or his coach Gernot Rohr about the kidnapping to avoid distraction.

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