Police rescue abducted Philippino lady lured to Nigeria by supposed lover



A 40-year old Philippino lady, Irene Torento Panas  has been rescued by operatives of the Police Command at Neke-Uno Village, East LGA, . The Philippino was rescued six (6) months after she arrived Nigeria from the Philippines in an apparent but unsuccessful search for .

Force Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba who disclosed this in a statement Monday said the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has  thus advised on a more cautious use of the social by members of the public. The IGP’ advice came against the backdrop of the successful rescue of the Philipino,Mba said.     

According to the Police Spokesman, Irene Torento Panas, an Accountant by profession and a native of Manila in the Philippines arrived Nigeria in November 22, 2019 on a visit to one Chukwudi Odo ‘m’ 54yrs of Ezike in Igbo-Eze North LGA of whom she met on Facebook on 8th March, 2017. The visit which was originally intended to be for 10-days however turned out to be a full of following Chukwudi Odo’ 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 help came, was however rescued by police operatives attached to the Police Division, Ibegwa Nike, 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 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.     

The IGP, while enjoining members of the public to tread cautiously in their use of the social , warns against any abuse of the cyberspace noting that such criminal acts will not go undetected and unpunished by the Force. Meanwhile, 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.