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Romance Fraud: 46-Yr-Old US Retiree Held Hostage, Extorted $48,000

An American woman lured to Nigeria by a promise of marriage from a man she met on Facebook has been rescued after being held captive for more than a year, police say.

The 46-year-old was held against her will in a hotel room in Lagos.

The suspect Chukwuebuka Obiaku, 34, "took control" of the unnamed victim's credit and debit cards, and retirement benefits, according to the police.

Over a period of 15 months she was forced to part with $48,000 (£38,000).

The victim is a retired Civil Servant from Washington DC.

Police say Mr Obiaku "also used the victim as a front to defraud her associates and other foreign personalities and companies".