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Police Free US Woman Held Captive By Facebook Fraudster

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Lured into Nigeria by a man she had met on Facebook, an American woman has been rescued after spending close to a year in the bondage of her captor.

The Nigerian police spokesman, Frank Mba, had said that the 34-year-old man had persuaded the woman to come to Nigeria “under the pretext of love and deceitful marriage”.

The woman who happens to be a retired civil servant from Washington DC had arrived Nigeria in February 2019 to marry the suspect the following month after which he then held her captive in a hotel and extorted about $48,000 from her. According to reports from Frank Mba,

“He 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 15 months,”

A tweet from the Nigerian police, said that the suspect had also used the victim’s identity “as a front to defraud her associates and other foreign personalities and companies”.

Officers rescued the victim in the Meran area of Lagos state after gettin hints from a “a patriotic and civic-minded Nigerian”, the police said.

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