A Filipina accountant was rescued by the Nigerian Police after falling into the hands of a kidnapper whom she met on social media.
According to reports, the Filipina spent six months with the Nigerian kidnapper when she was lured to go to Nigerian. The Filipina arrived in Nigeria for a 10-days visit to his loverboy-turned-kidnapper.
The accused admitted in the investigation that he intentionally approached the Filipina in social media and lured her to go to Nigeria to become his captive.
On June 22, 2020, the Filipina was rescued and was taken to the hospital. The Nigerian police already reached out to the Philippine Embassy in Nigeria to assist the Filipina.
The Filipina was identified as Irene TorentoPanas, 40 years old. She was from Manila and works as an accountant. Panas went to Nigeria on November 22, 2019 to visit ChukwudiOdo, 54 years old from Enugu Ezike North LGA of Enugu State. The two met on Facebook last March 8, 2017.
The supposed 10-day visit turned to an abduction after the Nigerian refused to allow the Filipina to return to her country and was held against her will.
During the time of rescue, the victim is critically ill. A tip from some concerned citizens in the area prompted the police to conduct an inspection.
Police officers reminded the public to be extra careful against people that they only met online.
POLICE RESCUE ABDUCTED PHILIPPINO LADY LURED TO NIGERIA BY SUPPOSED LOVER
· Advises on a more cautious use of the Social Media
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has advised on a more cautious use of the social media by members of the public. pic.twitter.com/J2jfXimbCb
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) June 22, 2020