A Chelsea Midfielder Goes On British TV And Asks For The Return Of His Kidnapped Father
August 15 / Dan Fogarty / SportsGrid
The last time someone saw John Obi Mikel's father, Michael, was in the central Nigerian city of Jos at 6PM on Friday. Beyond that, officials don't know much.
Mikel was told of his father's abduction right before his team's Sunday Premier League opener against Stoke, but elected to play anyway, citing his family's wishes. Today, he appeared on Sky Sports News in the United Kingdom, and asked for his father, an "old man" who Mikel says never hurt anyone, to be returned by his abductors safely.
"I have always tried to help the country in every way I can, playing for the country, serving the country. 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."
So far, no ransom has been asked for, according to Mikel's management company. Via Sky Sports, comes the full, surreal segment in which Mikel talks about his father's abduction.
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