Force spokesman, Frank Mba, has made known in a statement on Sunday that Police operatives have rescued an American lady who had been callously held hostage and forcefully confined in a Lagos hotel room for well over a year.
34-year-old Chukwuebuka Kasi Obiaku, native of Ikeduru LGA, Imo State, and chief suspect in the case, revealed during interrogation that he had met the victim, who is a retired civil servant from Washington DC, USA, on Facebook.
It was further revealed that she had arrived Nigeria on 13th February, 2019 in time for the Valentine’s day global love fest with only blissul thoughts of love with her Nigerian facebook lover.
Little did she realize that her worst nightmares we’re about to be played out till she was deceitfully married on 15th May, 2019 and found herself locked up for well over a year, forcefully defrauded of $48,000 (N17.8M) and repeatedly abused physically and sexually by Chukwuebuka and his accomplices still at large.
Luckily for the victim, an observant and security-conscious Nigerian from the Meiran area noticed the activity of Kasi and his cohorts, which prompted him to alert security operatives.
The information eventully led to the hostage been freed by agents attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Ogun State annex.
Obiaku, a graduate of Business Administration and Management, was described by the police as a wanted internet fraudster who has defrauded many both locally and internationally.
The Police spokesperson said he confessed to having lured the American to Nigeria under the pretext of love and deceitfully married her on 15th May, 2019. He subsequently held her captive in a hotel, consistently extorted money from her and also forcefully took control of her credit and debit cards and operated her bank accounts, including the receipt of her monthly retirement benefits and allowances for a period of 15months.
After draining out his victim’s account, Kasi then used the victim as a front to defraud her associates and other foreign personalities and companies, thus commiting crimes for which he would be charged to court in line with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015 when Investigations have been fully concluded.