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A 40-year-old Philipino woman Irene Panas was rescued by operatives of the Enugu State Police Command at Neke-Uno Village, Enugu East LGA, Enugu State six (6) months after she arrived in Nigeria in search of love.
She came to be with her love interest, a 54-year old man, Chukwudi Odo
He narrated how he allegedly lure her into the country after they met through Facebook and keeping her incommunicado for months.
Odo was said to have extorted and sexually molested the woman.
A visit that was supposed to be for 10 days ran into months because the man refused to let her travel back to her country.
Force spokesman DCP Frank Mba, who paraded Odo alongside other suspects at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) headquarters in Abuja on Monday, said the woman who flew in from Manila, Philippines to Abuja, came in an apparent unsuccessful search for love.
”She was immediately taken to the hospital for medical attention where she was admitted from 5th June to 16th June. 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 IGP, while enjoining members of the public to tread cautiously in their use of social media, warns against any abuse of cyberspace noting that such criminal acts will not go undetected and unpunished by the Force. Meanwhile, the Force is already in contact with the Embassy of the Philippines in Nigeria so as to reunite the victim with members of her family. ” Mba said in the statement