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Kidnapped father of Chelsea midfielder released
Reuters, August 23rd, 2011 4:15PM

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The father of Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel's father was released by his kidnappers in Nigeria on Monday and police said five suspects had been arrested.

After Michael Obi was abducted on Aug. 12, Mikel received a "sizeable" ransom demand last week. Despite his personal trauma, Mikel played for Chelsea the day after learning of the kidnapping and made public appeals for his dad's safe return. 

"I was taken right deep into the bush, in an isolated area in Jos (in central Nigeria). I started begging them, yet they beat me mercilessly, kicking me with their boots," Michael Obi said. "There are five of them and they were dressed in military
uniforms. They pushed me into a vehicle painted in military colors and began to drive very fast. I never knew a vehicle can
fly like that."

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