Mikel's father ordeal ends
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel's father has been found after being kidnapped and held for 10 days.
Last Updated: 22/08/11 11:16pm
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel's father has been found after being kidnapped and held for 10 days, the player's management company has confirmed.
Michael Obi, who runs a transport company, had not been seen or heard from since he failed to return home from work in Jos, the capital of Plateau State in central Nigeria.
However, the ordeal appears to have ended for the father of the 24-year-old Nigeria international midfielder.
"Earlier today Michael Obi called his family to advise them that he had been released by his abductors," Sport Entertainment & Media Group (SEM) said in a statement.
"SEM have waited until now to release this information, to ensure that Michael was safe.
"John Obi Mikel would like to thank everyone in Nigeria, his family and friends, Chelsea FC and their fans and his agents for their total support during this terrible time."
Mikel continued to play for Chelsea during his father's disappearance, appearing in the Blues' Premier League opener at Stoke before their home 2-1 win over West Brom on Saturday.