Two Nigerian men were arrested and the Swedish man they allegedly kidnapped was
rescue unharmed in Johannesburg, police said on Wednesday.
Kenth Sadaaki Suzuki was apparently lured to South Africa by a group of
Nigerians after he fell for the so-called 419 scam, police spokesperson senior
Superintendent Vishnu Naidoo said.
The victim was made to believe he would be part of an investment opportunity
with a company known as Jeffdon Properties.
"The men met their victim at 8am on Wednesday at the OR Tambo International
Airport and transported him to a house in Rosettenville where they robbed him
of all his belongings.
"They bound his hands and legs and held him against his will for the entire
Naidoo said the men then demanded a ransom of 20 000 euros (about R235 000)
from his wife and family.
>Head of the police's detective services Commissioner Rayman Lalla got a call
from Sweden about the matter and jumped into action.
The perpetrators were
tracked down and arrested and Suzuki was rescued unharmed.
The two had been linked to three other cases in which they allegedly kidnapped
Americans as part of the same scam.
"They are also being investigated for their possible involvement in other
The two would appear in the Kempton Park magistrate's court on charges of
kidnapping, extortion, intimidation and assault on Monday. - Sapa
Published on the Web by IOL on 2008-09-24 16:10:28