These scumbag Nigerians have been up to their tricks again here in South Africa. They have for many years been extremely active on the illegal drug-dealing and smuggling scene. Lately they are competing with the Tanzanian druglords in all the major cities of South Africa, but they still remain dominant. For many years they have also been notorious for enticing gullible victims with their Nigerian email scams, known as the 911 Nigerian Fraud. Their latest criminal activities involves the kidnapping of wealthy businessmen for ransom, usually foreigners. If they don’t get what they want, they revert to torture -- but this time they got caught!
Six nabbed in alleged international kidnapping syndicate
The Hawks uncovered a suspected international kidnapping syndicate during a raid in Johannesburg today. At least two foreigners have been victims of the syndicate. One of the victims was freed by police during the raid. Six men have been arrested.
A tip-off led police to a Kensington house early this morning. They broke down the door and found a 58-year-old Brazilian man - tearful and bloodied. Hawks spokesperson Musa Zondi says the Brazilian had been tortured and his stomach and chest had been burnt with a hot iron and was in absolute pain when he was released.
The man had allegedly been lured to South Africa by the suspects, all of them Nigerians. They had offered him a lucrative business deal. But as soon as he came through arrivals at OR Tambo on Tuesday, they pounced. He was held in a room while his captors demanded a $1 million ransom from his company.
Police say they found him thanks to a tip-off from a previous victim. A South Korean man who says he was held in the house, for five days earlier this month and was freed only after his company paid up $70 000. He is back in South Korea and police have been watching the house ever since. Neighbours say the suspects often played loud music, but that no one suspected anything was wrong.
The Hawks believe the suspects are part of an international syndicate - they will appear in court on Monday. They Hawks are now working with Interpol to try and round up other members of the syndicate - and identify other victims.
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