The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, says an abducted Filipino woman, Irene Torento Panas, has been rescued from a supposed lover who lured her to Nigeria.
The IGP said in a statement on Monday, June 22, 2020, that the 40-year-old arrived in Nigeria in search of a romantic relationship with one Chukwudi Odo, 54, that she met on Facebook three years ago.
The IGP said the foreigner, an accountant, was rescued at Neke-Uno Village, Enugu East LGA, Enugu State six months after she arrived in Nigeria.
Panas’ visit was supposed to last for 10 days, according to the police, but Odo refused to allow her return and continued to hold her against her will.
“Preliminary investigations reveal that the suspect, Chukwudi Odo deliberately lured the victim into the country with the aim of confining her, sexually abusing, and extorting money from her,” the statement read.
Romance fraud is one of the most common schemes used by internet fraudsters who strike up relationships with unsuspecting people online and exploit them for financial gains.