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Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011

Chelsea midfielder's father kidnapped


LAGOS, Nigeria — The father of Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has been abducted in Nigeria's restive central region, police said Monday.

Plateau state police commissioner Dipo Ayeni said that Michael Obi disappeared from his home on Friday. Ayeni said he had no other details about the kidnapping.

"We are still searching to find his location," Ayeni said.

A spokesman for Nigeria's federal police command in Abuja, the country's capital, declined to comment.

London-based Sport Entertainment & Media Group, John Obi Mikel's management company, said no ransom demand had been made. It said Chelsea was looking at "security issues" after the abduction.

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