The father of Mikel Obi, the Super Eagles’ Captain, Pa Michael Obi have been rescued by the men of the Nigeria Police from kidnappers’ den in a community in the Enugu State, the state police Command revealed.
SP Ebere Amaraizu. the Public Relation Officer of the Command, disclosed in a statement in Enugu on Monday evening, that the feat was achieved by the command’s operatives from the 9th Mile Division on Monday at about 2.30 p.m.
Pa Obi and his driver, one Ishaya John, according to the spokesman, were rescued safely in Egede axis of Udi Forest of Enugu State along Old Egede Affa road in the state, through a well-coordinated operation.
“It was gathered that Pa Michael Obi and his driver were abducted along Makurdi-Enugu Road on June 29 in the afternoon on his way from Jos in his grey-coloured Toyota Prado jeep with registration number: MUS 604 CG and taken to an unknown destination through the thick forest part of the area.
“It was further gathered that the abductors started calling to demand a ransom of N10 million before police operatives acted on intelligence information and swooped on them.
“In the process of the rescue, 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,’’ he said.
Amaraizu revealed further that Pa Obi appreciated the efforts of the men of the Police Force to ensure his rescue.
He said that Mikel’s father thanked the Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammad Danmallam, and the operatives for their efforts, saying: “I am happy with the police operatives’ performance’’.
“I am alive and healthy. I thank the commissioner of police and the police operatives for their efforts which led to our rescue,’’ Amaraizu quoted Pa Obi as saying.
The Police Spokesman added that Pa Obi was declared hale and healthy after thorough medical checks by the command’s Police medical doctors.
“The command is appealing to members of the public, particularly hospital owners and operators, to watch out for any one with injury or wound believed to be that of bullet and report promptly to the nearest police station or personnel.
“However, investigation into the incident has already commenced,’’ he said.
In the same vain, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mohammed Danmallam, has commended the efforts of the operatives as well as members of the public for their timely and useful information that led to the rescue. (NAN)