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Lovestruck American defrauded, kidnapped in Imo

NEWSMAN, Abuja – A female American citizen who travelled to Nigeria with the intent of getting married to her facebook lover has been rescued by the Nigerian police Force after being massively defrauded while been held hostage for over a year in the country.

Police public relations officer, DCP Frank Mba in a statement in Abuja said the victim who is a retired American civil servant arrived Nigeria on 13th February, 2019 on a visit to Chukwuebuka Kasi Obiaku, a 34 year old native of Imo State and a graduate of Business Administration and Management.

“Chukwuebuka deliberately lured the victim into the country under the pretext of love and deceitfully married her on 15th May, 2019. He subsequently held her captive in a hotel, extorted from her monies amounting to a total of 48,000-USD” Mba said.

The suspect, Chukwuebuka Kasi Obiaku.

The police spokesperson revealed that the suspect also “forcefully collected and took control of her credit and debit cards as well as the operation of her bank accounts including the receipt of her monthly retirement benefits and allowances over the period of fifteen (15) months. Chukwuebuka also used the victim as a front to defraud her associates and other foreign personalities and companies”.

The victim was however rescued by operatives of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Ogun State Annex following information received from a “patriotic and civic minded Nigerian” in the Meran area of Lagos State.

-Three more internet Fraudsters arrested-

Other internet fraudsters arrested by the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit, INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja include Samson Inegbenesun 30years, Blessed Junior 32years and Muhammed Zakari 36years, all male from Uromi in Edo State, following investigations into suspected fraudulent online procurement and supply of COVID-19 protective mask, received through the INTERPOL NCB Wiesbaden, Germany.

The three other arrested Internet Fraudsters – Samson Inegbenesun, Blessed Junior and Muhammed Zakari.

“Samson Inegbenosun is an internet fraudster and a member of a Turkey-based online scamming syndicate the Police have recovered from him, a building apartment worth N20,000,000.00, a Toyota RAV-4 2015 model worth N6,500,000.00 and a Toyota Matrix 2002 model valued at N2,000,000.00 which he procured with the proceeds of the crime” Police said.

The second suspect, Blessed Junior “returned to Nigeria from Italy in February, 2020 but maintains close contacts and illicit dealings with his Italian associates. Investigations reveal that he has made over One Hundred and Twenty Million Naira (N120,000,000.00) from internet fraud and other cybercrime dealings. He also received the sum of 52,000 EUROs recently from his criminal associates in Italy as commission for his active involvement in an international cybercrime deal. He also owns a filling station established with the proceeds of the crime”

While Mohammed Zakari, “an expert in internet fraud, identity theft and impersonation, falsely claims to be a British citizen. He also poses to be one Kelly Galk on online dating apps which he uses to carry out romance scams and to defraud unsuspecting members of the public, locally and internationally”, Police further revealed.

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