Saturday, August 20, 2011


Confusion continues to trail the disappearance of father of Mikel Obi as the family on Friday came out to deny claims that the kidnappers had demanded a N20 million ransom.

Younger brother to the missing Elder Mike Obi, Christopher, his wife Rose and elder brother to Mikel, Tony jointly addressed journalists at the Rayfield residence of the Obis insisting that nobody has made contact with them and that they were not aware of the demand for any ransom.

John Obi Mikel at SKYnews London pleading for his dad's release
They also disclosed that Mikel was so pained by the development that he has not been communicating with the family again.

“We have not had any contact with anyone since he got missing to suggest that we are preparing for any negotiation. So we were surprised to watch on television and read on newspapers that a N20-N50 million ransom has been placed on his head” Mrs Obi said.

Mikel’s elder brother, Mr. Tony Obi who corroborated his mum said Mikel has been unable to communicate with them since the incident adding that his (Mikel’s) manager, Mr. John Shittu who has been communicating with the family did not tell them about any contact with the abductors as was being reported.

He confirmed that their father’s Mercedes Benz car was recovered around Shen on the outskirts of Jos four days after his disappearance but that the police who went with him to recover the car found no clue.

Similarly, Mr. Christopher Obi who is the younger brother to the late Pa Obi who came to Jos from Lagos following his brother’s disappearance, expressed concern over the situation and pleaded with those holding him to release him.

He described his brother and his son Mikel as good people who are always nice to those around them and wondered why they should be so treated adding, “we plead with the nation to help us.” Mrs. Obi had some days ago also denied reports that those holding her husband has been in touch with the family.


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