What looked like a journey of hope eventually turned a sordid experience for an American citizen, one Tawanda Lynn Jackson who was reportedly held hostage by one Mathew Adedoyin, her acquaintance whom she met on the social media but later rescue by the Department of State Services (DSS)
The suspect was paraded along with his purported accomplice by the Director of DSS, Lagos Command, Betty Adoki, a statement from the Lagos State Ministry of Justice revealed. Adoki said 46-year-old Jackson arrived in Lagos on November 11th and was received at the airport by Adedoyin who allegedly raped her several times.
-Adedoyin and his accomplice
According to her, the American Embassy in Lagos had reported to the Command about Jackson’s abduction and they immediately commenced an investigation which resulted in the raid of the location by a team of security operatives and military personnel. Adoki said the suspect had lured the black American mother of five through the social media purportedly for a visit, claiming to be a wealthy prince from a royal family of Ile-Ife in Osun State.
She explained that while on the dating site, Adedoyin, 40, allegedly lied to the victim that he was an exporter of ginger and bitter cola, with a large plantation of cocoa and palm oil. The suspect was also said to have claimed that he had a lot of slaves working for him.
“He (Adedoyin) said that his father was a former king of Ife Titun, Osun State and that he was the heir apparent to the throne. He further cajoled the victim 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” the Command’s director said.
Adoki revealed that Adedoyin, in furtherance to his deceit, was discovered to have reserved an accommodation for the victim in a hotel while in Nigeria, but deliberately moved her to another hotel in order to prevent the monitoring of Jackson by the Embassy. She added that the suspect eventually seized the victim’s international passport, credit card, and United States identity card in order to prevent her possible escape.
She said the victim was later rescued on Monday. “On November 26, 2018, 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 LGA, Lagos by one Mathew Adedoyin and his accomplice, Idowu Ayeni”.