American woman is rescued after being held hostage in Nigeria’s hotel room for over a year by a man, 34, who lured her with the promise of a fake marriage before extorting her for $ 48,000 and sexually assaulting her
- An American woman lured to Nigeria by a man she met on Facebook has been rescued after spending more than a year in captivity
- Chukwuebuka Obiaku, 34, had persuaded the woman to come to Nigeria ‘in the guise of love and married deceptively’
- But he then imprisoned her in a hotel and forced $ 48,000 off her
- “He also collected and took control of her credit cards, debit cards and the operation of her bank accounts,” police said.
- The stolen funds include her monthly pension payments and allowances over the 15-month period
- The victim, a retired US official, was rescued by a Police Intelligence Response Team after information was obtained from several Nigerians
An American woman lured to Nigeria by a man she met on Facebook has been rescued after spending more than a year in captivity, authorities said.
Chukwuebuka Kasi Obiaku, 34, convinced the retired official to go to Nigeria ‘in the guise of love’, but when she arrived from Washington DC on February 13, 2019, she was taken hostage.
The suspect who sexually abused her, ‘deceptively married her on May 15, 2019 and was extorted $ 48,000 from her while she was being held in a hotel in Lagos.
Chukwuebuka Obiaku, 34, convinced the woman to come to Nigeria ‘under the guise of love’ She ‘was deceptively married’ and she was sexually assaulted in Lagos while extorting $ 48,000
“He has also vigorously collected and controlled her credit and debit cards and the operation of her bank accounts, including the receipt of her monthly pension payments and allowances over a period of 15 months,” said national police spokesman Frank Mba on Sunday.
The victim, who has not been identified, was rescued by a Police Intelligence Response Team from the Ogun State Annex.
Nigerian police said the operation was successful after information from a “civilian” person.
Obiaku is said to be from the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State and graduated in business administration and management.
The American woman who was lured to Nigeria after meeting on Facebook (file image). She was saved after spending more than a year in captivity
He has been described as “an internet fraud who has cheated many people locally and internationally.”
“Chukwuebuka also used the victim as a front to defraud her employees and other foreign personalities and companies,” police said.
Police said Obiaku will be charged at a later date under the Cybercrime Prevention / Prohibition Act, 2015.
The rescue followed what the police called a similar case where a Filipino lady was lured to Nigeria by her alleged lover whom she also met on Facebook.
She was kidnapped and held prisoner for six months before being rescued.