US woman held hostage in Nigeria rescued

LAGOS (AFP) – A United States (US) woman lured to Nigeria on a promise of marriage and held for more than a year by an Internet fraudster, has been rescued, police said on Sunday.

The suspect, Chukwuebuka Obiakuwhom, met the woman on Facebook, and extorted USD48,000 from her by promising to marry her.

“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,” national police spokesman Frank Mba said in a statement.

“The victim, a retired civil servant from Washington DC, USA, reportedly arrived in Nigeria on February 13, 2019”, and was held hostage by the suspect who also sexually abused her.

He said the suspect was “an Internet fraudster who has defrauded many people locally and internationally”.

Police said the suspect would be charged at a later date.

Nigerian scammers often use the internet to dupe their victims by promising them non-existent jobs, marriages or business opportunities.