Nigerian professional footballer, John Obi Mikel, has thanked Nigeria Police Force following the rescue of his father from kidnappers on Monday.
Michael Obi and his driver were abducted at gunpoint on 26 June in Enugu.
The 31-year-old Super Eagles midfielder posted a statement Tuesday on his social media platforms.
He wrote: “I would like to thank the police authorities involved in ensuring the safe return of my father after the ordeal this week. I will also like to thank everyone for their kind words of support.
“He is now recuperating with family. My family and I are grateful.”
Mikel was told of his father’s capture four hours before playing in Nigeria’s 2-1 World Cup defeat by Argentina.
In an interview with BBC Sport, he 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.”