Police Rescues Abducted Philippine Lady Lured To Nigeria 6-Months Ago By Facebook ‘Naija Lover’

June 23, 2020
12 Views

The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) have rescued a 40-year-old Filipino woman, Irene Torento Panas, who was lured into the country and held captive by a Nigerian man she met on Facebook.

In a statement on Monday, the police public relations officer, Frank Mba said the woman was rescued six months after she arrived in Nigeria from her home country “in an apparent but unsuccessful search for love”.

According to him, the victim arrived in Nigeria late 2019 to visit one Chukwudi Odo, a 54-year-old indigene of Enugu State, whom she met on Facebook on March 8, 2017.

Mba said the visit turned out to be an abduction when Odo refused to allow her go back to her country. He was said to have also prevented her from communicating with anybody.

He added that investigations revealed that the suspect lured Panas into Nigeria “with the aim of confining her, sexually abusing, and extorting money from her”.

.IRPP_kangoo , .IRPP_kangoo .postImageUrl , .IRPP_kangoo .imgUrl , .IRPP_kangoo .centered-text-area { min-height: 100px; position: relative; } .IRPP_kangoo , .IRPP_kangoo:hover , .IRPP_kangoo:visited , .IRPP_kangoo:active { border:0!important; } .IRPP_kangoo { display: block; transition: background-color 250ms; webkit-transition: background-color 250ms; width: 100%; opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; background-color: #3498DB; } .IRPP_kangoo:active , .IRPP_kangoo:hover { opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; background-color: #2980B9; } .IRPP_kangoo .postImageUrl , .IRPP_kangoo .imgUrl { background-position: center; background-size: cover; float: left; margin: 0; padding: 0; } .IRPP_kangoo .postImageUrl { width: 30%; } .IRPP_kangoo .imgUrl { width: 100%; } .IRPP_kangoo .centered-text-area { float: right; width: 70%; padding:0; margin:0; } .IRPP_kangoo .centered-text { display: table; height: 100px; left: 0; top: 0; padding:0; margin:0; } .IRPP_kangoo .IRPP_kangoo-content { display: table-cell; margin: 0; padding: 0 10px 0 10px; position: relative; vertical-align: middle; width: 100%; } .IRPP_kangoo .ctaText { border-bottom: 0 solid #fff; color: #000000; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; letter-spacing: .125em; margin: 0; padding: 0; text-decoration: underline; } .IRPP_kangoo .postTitle { color: #FFFFFF; font-size: 16px; font-weight: 600; margin: 0; padding: 0; } .IRPP_kangoo .ctaButton { background-color: #2980B9; margin-left: 10px; position: absolute; right: 0; top: 0; } .IRPP_kangoo:hover .imgUrl { -webkit-transform: scale(1.2); -moz-transform: scale(1.2); -o-transform: scale(1.2); -ms-transform: scale(1.2); transform: scale(1.2); } .IRPP_kangoo .imgUrl { -webkit-transition: -webkit-transform 0.4s ease-in-out; -moz-transition: -moz-transform 0.4s ease-in-out; -o-transition: -o-transform 0.4s ease-in-out; -ms-transition: -ms-transform 0.4s ease-in-out; transition: transform 0.4s ease-in-out; } .IRPP_kangoo:after { content: “”; display: block; clear: both; }

EFCC Begins Probe Of Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan Govts Over $16 Billion Power Project

He said the victim was rescued by operatives of the Enugu state police command at Neke-Uno village, Enugu east LGA, following a tip-off.

“Irene Torento Panas, an Accountant by profession and a native of Manila in the Philippines arrived Nigeria on 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,” Mba said.

“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.”

Mba said 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.

The statement also said Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, has urged members of the public to tread cautiously in their use of social media.

The IGP also warned against abuse of cyberspace, noting that “such criminal acts will not go undetected and unpunished by the force”.

You may be interested

Burna Boy’s African Giant gets more recognitions in UK
News
News

Burna Boy’s African Giant gets more recognitions in UK

Webby - September 22, 2020

<!-- Burna Boy --> Burna Boy By Taiwo Okanlawon Multiple award-winning singer, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy…

BREAKING: No Going Back On Controversial Water Resources Bill – FG
News
2 views
News
2 views

BREAKING: No Going Back On Controversial Water Resources Bill – FG

Webby - September 22, 2020

Lai Mohammed The Federal Government has said it will go ahead with the Water Resources Bill, according to a report…

BBNaija’s Praise Nelson And Son Looking Amazing In New Pictures
News
2 views
News
2 views

BBNaija’s Praise Nelson And Son Looking Amazing In New Pictures

Webby - September 22, 2020

Praise Nelson and his son Nigerian reality star, Praise Nelson has wowed his fans with an amazing photo posing with…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.