Nigeria Police on Sunday said its operatives have rescued an American citizen who was held captive in a Lagos hotel for over a year.
The victim who hails from Washington DC, USA and is a retired civil servant in the US.
She arrived in Nigeria on 13th February 2019 on a visit to one Chukwuebuka Kasi Obiaku whom she met on Facebook.
Police investigations revealed that the suspect is a graduate of Business Administration and Management and an internet fraudster who has defrauded many unsuspecting members of the public both locally and internationally.
According to the Police, Chukwuebuka deliberately lured the victim into the country under the pretext of love and deceitfully married her on 15th May 2019. He subsequently held her captive in a hotel, extorted from her monies amounting to a total of 48,000-USD.
He also forcefully collected and took control of her credit and debit cards as well as the operation of her bank accounts including the receipt of her monthly retirement benefits and allowances over the period of fifteen (15) months.
Chukwuebuka also used the victim as a front to defraud her associates and other foreign personalities and companies.
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 Meran area of Lagos State.
Police said suspect will be charged to court on conclusion of the investigation and prosecuted in line with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015.