The Department of State Security (DSS) has rescued an American citizen, Tawanda Lynn Jackson who was held hostage by one Mathew Adedoyin, her acquaintance whom she had met on social media.
Betty Adoki, the director of DSS, who paraded the prime suspect and his accomplice on Monday, said Jackson, 46, who had arrived Lagos on Sunday, November 11 and was received at the airport by Adedoyin was held hostage on November 21, at No. 7, Akanbi Street, Abule Egba, where she was allegedly raped by the suspect.
According to Adoki, the American Embassy in Lagos had reported to the Lagos State Command of DSS about Jackson’s abduction which led to the raid of the criminal hideout by a team of security operatives and military personnel of the 9 Brigade, Nigeria Army, Lagos.
Adoki said the suspect had lured the black American mother of five through social media, purportedly for a visit, claiming to be a wealthy prince from Arogbatesu royal family of Ile-Ife, Osun State with the intention of extorting money from her.
She explained that while on the dating site, Adedoyin, 40, lied to the victim that he was an exporter of ginger and bitter cola, with a large plantation of cocoa and palm oil, claiming that he had a lot of slaves working for him.
“He also told the victims that his father was a former king of Ife Titun, Osun State and that he was heir apparent to the throne. He further cajoled the victim to believe that he owns several buildings in Lagos, including where Jackson was held hostage. But the victim started to suspect a foul play when he was losing patience and said he rented the place meanwhile, it was a ramshackle place he said his father owned,” Adoki said.
She said Adedoyin, in furtherance to his deceit, was discovered to have reserved Protea Hotel, Ikeja, as accommodation for the victim while in Nigeria, but deliberately moved her to another hotel, in order to prevent the monitoring of Jackson by the Embassy, while he eventually seized her international passport, credit card and United States identity card of the victim in order to prevent her possible escape.
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