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Father of Chelsea player kidnapped

  • AP, Monday, August 15, 2011 1:04 PM

Michael Obi, the father of Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel, has been abducted in Nigeria's restive central region.

"I have always tried to help the country in every way I can, playing for the country, serving the country," said John Obi Mikel on Monday in a televised appeal to kidnappers for his father’s release. "This is the time for the country to help me in this situation. I am just going to say, whoever has got my dad, whoever knows where my dad is, should please contact me and hopefully he should be released.”

Plateau state police commissioner Emmanuel Dipo Ayeni told The Associated Press that Michael Obi disappeared from the state capital Jos on Friday.

Mikel has played with Chelsea since 2006.

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