Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi has expressed his gratitude to police authorities who ensured his father's safe release from the kidnappers' den.

Micheal Obi and his driver, Ishaya John were abducted along the Makurdi-Enugu road on their way from Jos last week.

The abductors requested for a ransom of N10 million (£21,000/$28,000) and even talked to the 31-year-old hours before playing in the Super Eagles' 2-1 loss to Argentina in their final Group D game.