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Mikel’s heard about his father kidnapped before Argentina March start.

According to report on TheCable news on Mikel’s publicist, the young midfielder said he put out all emotions to play against Argentina when he was told.

“Following various speculators about recent occurrence with my father,” Mikel was quoted to have said. “I can confirm I had to suppress emotional trauma to lead Nigeria out against Argentina last Tuesday, June 26 in Saint Petersburg.
Four hours before kick-off, I received a call from Nigeria that my father Pa Michael Obi had been kidnapped for the second time. He was on his way to a funeral in south-eastern Nigeria from Jos when he was abducted along the Makurdi-Enugu expressway.

I was emotionally distraught but had to make a decision about whether I was mentally ready to play the game. 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 members my friends knew. 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. Thankfully he is now safely released less than seven hours ago. I thank the police authorities for their rescue efforts and support from friends and family members.”__

In case you did not know how Mikel father was kidnapped and rescue by police.

The Enugu state Police in command rescued Mikel Obi’s father, Pa Michael Obi and his driver, Ishaya John at a forest in Egede, Udi Local Council of the state.
According to report from Guidian, Pa Obi and his driver were rescued unhurt around 2.30pm in the forest along the old Egede-Affa Road.

A statement yesterday from the Enugu Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, said they were hale and hearty and that they have rejoined their families.

He stated that they were abducted along the Makurdi-Enugu road on Friday afternoon on their way from Jos in a grey colored Toyota Prado jeep with registration number MUS 604 CG and taken to an unknown destination through the forest.

It was further revealed that the abductors demand N10 million ransom before the operatives acting on intelligence information swooped on them where a gun duel ensued, forcing the hoodlums to abandon their victims in the forest.

Amaraizu said Pa Obi commended the police for their swift response, which led to their rescue and thanked the Commissioner of Police (CP) in Enugu, Danmallam Mohammed and his operatives for their gallantry.

According to mikel father “I am alive and healthy. I thank the Commissioner of Police and the operatives for their efforts, which led to our rescue,” .

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