Last night, we reported that Pa Michael Obi, the father of Super Eagles Captain, Mikel Obi, was rescued from kidnappers by the Enugu State Police Command on Monday, after the kidnappers were said to have demanded N10m as ransom from Obi’s family.
Speaking after his dad’s rescue, Mikel Obi said the news of his dad’s abduction was broken to him four hours before their match against Argentina.
He said: “We were few hours to kick off against Argentina when I got wind of the report that my dad had been kidnapped.
“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.”
Speaking on how Pa Micheal Obi was rescued, the Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement that Pa Obi and his driver, John Ishaya, were abducted on Makurdi-Enugu Road on June 29, on their way from Jos, Plateau State, when he was kidnapped.
Amaraizu said the rescue was preceded by a gun battle between the police and the kidnappers, who escaped after being overpowered by the security agents.
Amaraizu said, “The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, through its operatives rescued Pa Michael Obi and his driver, one Ishaya John, unhurt in Egede Udi forest on Monday, July 2, 2018, around 2.30pm along old Egede-Affa Road, Enugu.
“They were rescued hale and hearty and pa Michael Obi and the driver have been reunited with their families.
“Pa Obi and and his driver were abducted along Markurdi-Enugu Road on his way from Jos and taken to a thick forest.
“The abductors called to demand a ransom of N10m before policemen, acting on intelligence information, swooped on them, after which a gun duel ensued which forced the hoodlums to abandon their victims inside the forest and fled.”