Ten days after he was last seen, Michael Obi, the father of Chelsea and Nigerian national soccer star John Obi Mikel was found alive in the Nigerian city of Kano.
Michael Obi never came home on Aug. 12 and word reached London as Mikel was gearing up for the Blues first match of the season.
The midfielder made a televised plea asking for information and the release of his father. Late last week agents for Mikel said his father’s kidnappers demanded a “sizable” ransom sum.
Nigerian federal police spokesman Olusola Amore told The Associated Press that detectives raided the area where Obi was held in the northern Nigerian city after tracking his abductors. Police arrested his abductors — who reportedly wore full military fatigues to avoid confrontations — at the scene and transported them to the country’s commercial capital of Lagos.
A disheveled Obi told reporters, “I was seriously beaten.”