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American Woman Held For 17 Months In Lagos Hotel By Facebook Lover, Duped $48,000, Rescue By Police

An American woman who was lured to Nigeria with the promise of marriage by a suspected internet fraudster, Chukwuebuka Obiaku, camped in Lagos hotel for 17 months has been rescued by the police.

According to the police, the suspect, whom she met on Facebook, also extorted the victim of $48,000.

Police spokesman, Frank Mba, said the woman was rescued in an unnamed hotel in Lagos, after being confined for about 17 months.

Mba stated: “Police operatives have successfully rescued an American citizen who was confined in a Lagos Hotel where she was held against her wish for over a year.

“The victim, a retired civil servant from Washington DC, USA, reportedly arrived in Nigeria on February 13, 2019, to visit Obiaku, a native of Ikeduru LGA of Imo State.

She was however rescued by Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Ogun State Annex following information received from a patriotic and civic-minded Nigerian in the Meiran area of Lagos State.

“The rescue of the American lady is coming on the heels of a similar case of an abducted Philippino lady who was lured to Nigeria by her supposed lover whom she equally met on Facebook.”

Police said investigations revealed that Obiaku, a graduate of Business Administration and Management, “is an internet fraudster who has defrauded many people locally and internationally