JOHN OBI MIKEL'S FATHER KIDNAPPED

Source: AKINNAGBE AKINTOMIDE/NIGERIAFILMS.COM
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Nigeria and Chelsea star John Obi Mikel's father has been abducted in Nigeria, according to his management.

Michael Obi has not been seen or heard from since he failed to return home from work on Friday in Jos, the capital of central Nigerian Plateau state.

The player was told before Sunday's Premier League game between Chelsea and Stoke City, but decided to play.

Source said no ransom demand had yet been received and that Obi had decided to play in the match "so as not to let down his team and family".

His family told us that they have had no contact with Obi senior but believe he is "safe and well".

We'll keep you posted on any developments.