Security agencies have combed Jos in a security net as the search for Michael Obi, the abducted father of football star John Mikel Obi gathers pace.
Desmond Agwu, Regional Head of the State Security Service (SSS), said that a thorough sweep of the state was initiated as soon as information about the abduction was received.
“I met with my division heads immediately we got information and I can tell you that we have started sweeping the whole state.
“We have sent Muslim operatives to the Muslim areas, and Christian operatives to the Christian areas.
“We believe that by the Grace of God, he will be found.”
Plateau state Police Commissioner Emmanuel Dipo Ayeni also confirmed that the police were in the hunt for Michael Obi.
“We are still searching to find his location,” Ayeni said.
On Monday, Mikel made a televised plea on Sky Sports for his father’s abductors to get in touch.
“All I can say is that I’m from Nigeria and I have always tried to help the country in whatever way I can by playing for the country, serving the country in whatever way that I can. This is the time for my country to help me.
“So I just got to say that whoever has got my dad, whoever knows where my dad is should please contact me and hopefully, he’ll be released,” an emotional Mikel said.
The kidnapping of Obi senior is the third high profile case involving football. Everton defender Joseph Yobo’s brother Nornu was kidnapped in July 2008, and released after 10 days.
A month earlier, it was Enyimba chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu who was abducted, but later released.
A year ago, Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama’s family narrowly escaped only because they had fortuitously moved their travel dates to a day earlier.
Instead, the goalkeeper’s cousin, who was the only one at home at the time, was abducted and only released when he told them he was no relative of the player.