Condolence messages are flowing from the four corners of the country after yet another undesirable incident happened in the KwaZulu-Natal Province.
This comes after a kidnap syndicate struck again on a Nigerian national. It has been noted that foreign nationals and those of Asian descent have been the prime targets of criminals as they are viewed as easier prey.
Foreign nationals are known for walking around with large amounts of cash and they are not familiar with the system in South Africa. The cash they store in their homes is seen as an attraction.
According to a report that has been published by Arrive Alive, a 42 year old Nigerian national named Jonathan Eloho Okinedo got kidnapped. A report was made to the police o the 4th of December 2021 after he had been abducted. Family members who included his brother and wife also approached the members of the Reaction Unit South Africa as they sought for assistance in locating him.
The kidnappers had the audacity to contact family members demanding a ransom. Ransom was paid twice by the family members as they thought that they would be able to find their loved one alive.
To their dismay, today it was established that he had been found murdered. His dead body was found yesterday in Newlands, KwaZulu-Natal near a bush. An assessment was carried out and he was found to have gunshot wounds on his head. His brothers managed to identify him at a state owned mortuary.
It was revealed in the investigations that Okinedo was given a call by someone who acted as a potential client at 06:45. The client was requesting for a client and Okinedo was a DSTV technician. He left his home for Senzokwethu Secondary School in H Section Ntunzuma on the morning of Saturday to meet the client.
Later on, a call was made to his family and they were informed that Okinedo had been kidnapped. The caller was demanding a ransom of R2000 and the family pleaded for a lower fee. R500 was agreed on as the amount the family would pay and they sent it through the e-wallet services. Okinedo spoke to his family briefly before the call was ended. The phones got switched off and the victim was not released to his family.
The following morning that was on Sunday, the kidnappers called with a new demand. This time they wanted R5000 and the family stated that the amount was beyond their reach. They ended up sending R1500 after negotiating with the abductors. Phone numbers which were being used by the abductors got switched off and this was the last time the family heard from the abductors. Okinedo was not released until he was found yesterday.
Johnathan Eloho Okinedo is from Nigerian and moved to South Africa from the Delta state in 2015. He resided in the KwaZulu-Natal Province in an area called Amouti.
An investigation is being done by the law enforcement agents as they seek to establish the circumstances surrounding his kidnap. Many are just hopeful that those behind his murder will be apprehended soon.
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