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

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.”

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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