Police operatives attached to the Ogun State Annex of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have rescued one citizen of Washington DC, USA, held captive for 16 months by one Mr Chukwuebuka Kasi Obiaku (34 years old, male) at a hotel in Lagos State. The lady was lured into the country on the 13th of February, 2019 on a visit to Mr Obiaku whom she had met on Facebook. He, under the pretext of love, convinced her to visit him, and deceitfully married her on the 15th of May, 2019. Obiaku subsequently held the USA citizen against her will, at a hotel in Lagos since then, extorting money from her to the tune of forty eight thousand US dollars ($48,000.00). It was discovered that Mr Obiaku forcefully collected and took control of the woman’s 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.
Investigations found that Obiaku, a native of Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State, is a graduate of Business Administration and Management, but has been into the illicit business of internet fraud. He has defrauded many unsuspecting people locally and internationally.
The lady, a retired civil servant in the USA, was rescued when one patriotic resident in Meira area, close to Ipaja, provided information on the confinement of the lady.
This is coming after the widespread news about one Philippino lady lured into Nigeria by her supposed lover whom she also met via Facebook. This is indicative that there has been such kinds of arrangement of which the authorities may not be aware of.
There have also been a rise in incidence of foreign, usually white ladies trying to find love among young Nigerian men. While some have worked well, others have failed, either due to the rejection of the union by members of the immediate family of the ‘groom’, or the discomfort or change of mind on the part of the lady.
Investigations found that Chukwuebuka used the victim as a front to defraud her own associates and other foreign personalities and companies. This aspect of the case is still being investigated. The suspect will be charged to court when investigation is concluded. According to the Police, he will be prosecuted in line with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015.
Nigeria has always been in the news regarding cybercrime and the recent discoveries of the large-scale multi-billion dollars fraud involving one ‘Invictus’ Obi arrested in the USA, and Hushpuppi and Woodberry arrested in Dubai and extradited to the USA, has further dented the image of the youths of Nigeria.