The decomposing body an Edo prince, Eloniyo Dennis Abuda, has been found inside a bush four days after he was kidnapped by suspected Fulani herdsmen and payment of N10 million ransom paid.
The lifeless body of Abuda, an Atlanta, Georgia-based Nigerian, was found in a bush near the small town of Agbanikaka, Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday, February 2, four days after he was kidnapped..
Abuda came into the country for the Christmas celebration but was abducted alongside some family members on Saturday, January 30, 2021, along the Benin-Akure road on his way to Lagos from Fugar, Etsako Central Local Government near Agbanikaka.
Also kidnapped with Abuda was a woman who was travelling with him to Lagos to catch a flight back to the United States.
A family source disclosed that who was a realtor and president of Fugar America Foundation was shot dead by the kidnappers after he slumped during the forced long march to the forest.
“Prince Abuda was shot dead by the abductors when he couldn’t walk anymore and slumped. The kidnappers didn’t want to leave him behind as they were afraid that he will reveal their hideout to security agencies and so decided to shoot him,”
The other abducted persons who were travelling with the Edo prince were released after payment of the ransom money was paid..
The abductors were said to have demanded a sum of N20 million but later reduced the ransom to N10 million after negotiations and pleadings by the family members.
Meanwhile, Abuda’s corpse has been deposited at an undisclosed hospital in Edo State, pending burial arrangements by the family.