A real estate agent, Mathew Adedoyin, who claimed to be a prince of Ile-Ife in Osun State, reportedly invited Tawanda Lynn Jackson, a mother of five, who he met on the social media, to Nigeria.

Jackson, 46, who arrived Lagos on Sunday, November 11, 2018, was said to have been received at the airport by Adedoyin.

Adedoyin and his alleged accomplice, Idowu Ayeni, claimed to the black American that he was a wealthy prince from the Arogbatesu Royal Family of Ile-Ife, Osun State, with the intention of extorting money from her.

The 40-year-old Adedoyin was said to have lied to the victim that he was an exporter of ginger and bitter cola, had large plantations of cocoa and palm trees, and claimed that he had lots of slaves working for him.

He allegedly held her hostage upon her arrival in the country and forcefully had carnal knowledge of the victim.

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He has been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services for holding the American hostage and repeatedly raping her.

The Director, Lagos Command, DSS, Betty Adoki, said the American Embassy in Lagos had reported Jackson’s abduction to the command, which immediately commenced investigation that culminated in the raid of the suspects’ criminal hideout by a team of security operatives and military personnel of the 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Lagos.

The suspected abductors, according to the DSS, received the victim at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on November 11 and lodged her at the Turn Up Hotel, Ipaja, for three days before moving her to a prepared hideout in Abule Egba, where she was held hostage.

Adoki alleged that Adedoyin had earlier reserved Protea Hotel, Ikeja, as accommodation for the victim while in Nigeria, but he was said to have deliberately moved her to another hotel in order to prevent the monitoring of Jackson by the embassy.

The prime suspect reportedly seized Jackson’s passport, credit card and US identity card in order to prevent her possible escape.

“Consequently, on November 26, 2018 at about 0200hours, Jackson was rescued from the captivity of these criminal elements, who are suspected to be Internet fraudsters and kidnappers. Jackson was held hostage at No. 7 Akanbi Street, Abule Egba, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos by one Mathew Adedoyin and his accomplice, Idowu Ayeni,” Adoki added.

She said investigation would be intensified after which the suspects would be prosecuted in line with relevant laws.

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