Father of Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi reported missing
On 12 August, Mr Michael Obi, father of Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi, failed to come home at the end of day and has been missing since then, in Jos, Plateau State.
The online source KickOffNigeria.com reported that the senior Obi, who runs an interstate transport company, did not return home from work on Friday evening and has not been seen since then. Calls to his cell phone were unanswered all of Friday. By Saturday, the phone was no longer reachable. The player’s manager, John Shittu, said it is not yet clear whether this was a case of kidnapping or something else.
Shittu said: “At the moment, we have not heard from Mikel’s father, or anyone else, so we don’t know what it is. At this point, we only consider him missing”.
Reports say Mikel was informed on Saturday morning, shortly before traveling with the Chelsea squad for the Premier League match with Stoke on Sunday 14 August. Shittu said delivering the news to the player was a tough decision. He said: “We were not sure whether to tell him before the game” but that after some consultations, “we agreed that he had a right to be informed of such a serious incident”.
Although Mikel played all through the 90 minutes of the match against Stoke, which ended in a 0-0 draw, Shittu said the 24-year-old player is “totally devastated”.
Nigeria has seen a surge of ransom kidnappings in recent years, but the incidents have been concentrated in the states of the Niger Delta and the south-eastern zone. On 5 July 2008, Norum Yobo, older brother of the Everton defender Joseph Yobo, was snatched at gunpoint with three other men as they made their way home from a nightclub in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. They were released after 12 days in captivity. It was never certain if any ransom was paid to the kidnappers, or how much.
[THIS REPORT WILL BE UPDATED AS FURTHER CONFIRMATION AND MORE INFORMATION BECOME AVAILABLE].
Posted on August 15, 2011, in MAJOR CRIME and tagged Chelsea F.C., Father, Jos, Joseph Yobo, Michael Obi, Mikel John Obi, Missing, Niger Delta, Plateau State, Port Harcourt, Premier League, Rivers State. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.