A 40-year old Filipino lady whose search for love in Nigeria turned into six months of abduction has been successfully rescued, the police disclosed on Monday.
The lady, Irene Torento Panas, a Manila based accountant was rescued by operatives of the Enugu State Police Command at Neke-Uno Village, Enugu East LGA, Enugu State.
The rescue happened six months after she arrived Nigeria from the Philippines in an apparent but unsuccessful search for love.
The police said that she arrived Nigeria in November 22, 2019 on a visit to one Chukwudi Odo ‘m’ 54yrs of Enugu Ezike in Igbo-Eze North LGA of Enugu State whom she met on Facebook on 8th March, 2017.
“The visit which was originally intended to be for 10-days, however, turned out to be a full case of abduction following Chukwudi Odo’s refusal to allow her return to her country against her will. She was held incommunicado by the suspect, Chukwudi Odo.
“The victim who was critically ill at the time of rescue 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.
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.