Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi reportedly paid the sum of 10 million naira (about £21,000) for the release of his unhurt father who was reportedly abducted a few hours to Nigeria’s match against Argentina in the World Cup.
According to BBC Sport, Mikel’s father and his driver were abducted at gunpoint on 26 June in Enugu but were released on Monday.
Mikel who spoke on BBC Sport said,: “For the second time I’ve had to live with the fears of losing my father and it is very scary,”.
“Today it’s my dad but tomorrow it could be someone else which makes it very scary.”
He did not confide in any of his team-mates or the Nigerian Football Federation before the match because he didn’t want it to be a distraction.
“We are seeing a spate of terror attacks in some parts of the country which has already sown insecurity among citizens,” he said.
This is the second time Mikel’s father would be abducted while the first time was in August 2011 when the Eagles captain was playing for Chelsea.