A 40-year-old Philippino lady identified as Irene Torento Panas has been rescued from her abductor who had kept her in detention against her will since November 2019.
Naija News understands Panas came into Nigeria on November 22, 2019 to meet with her supposed Nigerian lover, one Chukwudi Odo, 54yrs of Enugu Ezike in Igbo-Eze North LGA of Enugu State whom she met on Facebook on 8th March, 2017.
However, upon arrival in the country, the Philippino lady who is an Accountant by profession and a native of Manila in the Philippines was detained by Odo who abducted her and kept her incommunicado.
The visit was initially intended to be for 10 days but Odo refused to let her return to her country.
She was kept in detention for six months until she was successfully rescued by police operatives attached to the Unity Police Division, Ibegwa Nike, Enugu State led by the DPO, SP Siga Malgwi, following a tip-off from some members of the public in the area.
The victim who was critically ill at the time of rescue and was therefore immediately taken to the hospital for medical attention where she was admitted from 5th June to 16th June.
Preliminary investigations as disclosed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, 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.
Reacting to the saga, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has advised on more cautious use of the social media by members of the public.
The IGP, while enjoining members of the public to tread cautiously in their use of the social media, warns against any abuse of the 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.