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Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 08/22/2011

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel’s father freed from captors in north Nigeria

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.
The father of Chelsea star John Obi Mikel was rescued from his captors 10 days after he was abducted. (DARREN STAPLES - REUTERS)

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.”

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