Mikel Obi thankful after father's safe release from abductors

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Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has opened up about John Obi Mikel playing against Argentina during the FIFA World Cup amidst the abduction of the captain's father in his homeland.

Chief Michael Obi, father to footballer, John Mikel Obi, receiving medical attention in the office Enugu state commissioner of police, Danmalam Mohammad shorty after being rescued from Abductors in Enugu.

"I would like to thank the police authorities involved in ensuring the safe return of my father after the ordeal this week, Mikel wrote in a statement released on Twitter". "I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody", Mikel says, per the New York Times.

"I was confused. I did not know what to do, but in the end I knew that I could not let 180 million Nigerians down", adds the midfielder, who afterward flew to his home in England to better handle the situation, per ESPN. He was rescued Monday after "a gun duel ensued between police operatives and the kidnappers which forced the hoodlums to abandon their victims inside the forest and they were promptly rescued", Enugu State Police Command spokesperson Ebere Amaraizu said in a statement.

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It was the second time Michael Obi had been kidnapped in Nigeria.

Nigeria lost 2-1 after a late Argentina goal and was eliminated from the World Cup as a result.

His father was also kidnapped in 2011, when the kidnappers demanded a $4 billion ransom from Chelsea. The Super Eagles' captain also paid 10 million Naira to secure his father's release.