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Suspected Nigerian gay man allegedly abducted, blackmailed

A Nigerian man, Tochukwu JohnKingsley, is reportedly on the run to save his life after he was allegedly abducted, beaten, blackmailed and described as gay after he failed to pay his abductors a ransom.

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Tochukwu JohnKingsley

The incident became public after his Facebook account was apparently hacked and the false post was published there, stating that he is HIV-positive, gay and ready to expose the men who infected him.

People who disagreed with his supposed plans responded by posting a series of vitriolic comments about him.

Other social media platforms soon started sharing the post, which put the young man’s life at further risk.

Johnkingsley later published a Facebook post, disputing the accusations  against him and denying his involvement in the alleged plans.

One person who claimed to have communicated with him said that Johnkingsley was abducted, beaten and blackmailed by his abductors. Their leader was a man who claimed to be in the military.

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Tochukwu JohnKingsley’s rejoinder disputing the allegations against him.

The source also hinted that Johnkingley’s Facebook account had been accessed by his abductors, who posted the incriminating story there because as he refused to pay them.

The victim, who hails from Imo State, is reportedly on the run because youths in his community have threatened him.

So far, attempts to reach the victim directly to confirm the authenticity of the story have been unsuccessful.

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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