Kidnapped Nigerian man found dead near a bush in Durban

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Investigations are underway after a Nigerian man that was reportedly kidnapped for four days turned up dead near a bush in Durban.

Johnathan Eloho Okinedo’s body was discovered near a bush in Newlands on Tuesday with a gunshot wound to his head, according Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa).

Okinedo (42) was kidnapped on Saturday.

“His wife and brother arrived at the Rusa headquarters earlier this week seeking assistance in locating him. They had paid the kidnappers twice and he was not released,” said Rusa in a statement.

Johnathan Eloho Okinedo’
Johnathan Eloho Okinedo’s body was discovered near a bush in Newlands on Tuesday with a gunshot wound to his headPHOTO: SUPPLIED

Okinedo worked as a DSTV technician.

He left home on Saturday to meet a client in Ntuzuma H Section who wanted a decoder installed, said Rusa.

“His family received a call from his cellphone later the same day and Okinedo informed them that he was held against his will and the kidnappers were demanding R2000 for his release,” said Rusa.

The family negotiated the ransom down to R500 and subsequently transferred it via e-wallet to the alleged kidnappers.

The next day, the kidnappers called the family again demanding another R5000 payment, said Rusa.

“The family explained that they could not transfer that amount via e-wallet and an amount of R1500 was agreed upon. When the transfer was done, the kidnappers switched off the phone and Okinedo was not released,” said Rusa.

The family never heard back from the kidnappers. He was not heard from since then.

Okinedo’s body was identified by his brothers at a state mortuary, said Rusa.

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