SLAVERY: Nigerian Couple (Doctor & Nurse) Kept ‘Nigerian Man’ As Slave For 24 Years In The UK

(m) at 7-05-2015 08:59AM (4 years ago)

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Dr Emmanuel Edet, right,  and his wife Antan, left, are accused of keeping Ofonime Sunday Inuk at their home in Perivale, north-west London for 24 years after it is alleged they smuggled him in to Britain as a child

An NHS doctor enslaved a man in his home for 24 years after smuggling him into Britain as a child, a court heard yesterday. Emmanuel Edet demanded to be called ‘master’ as he beat his victim and subjected him to a ‘life of misery’, it was claimed. Edet, 60, and his wife Antan, 58, a senior hospital nurse, are accused of stripping Ofonime Inuk of his passport and making him work up to 17 hours a day. 
The couple, pictured, have both pleaded not guilty to holding a person in slavery and servitude
The couple, pictured, have both pleaded not guilty to holding a person in slavery and servitude
The Nigerian orphan was left to bring up their two sons as they travelled across Britain working for a series of NHS trusts. Yesterday [May 6] Mr Inuk, 39, confronted the pair for the first time since allegedly escaping their West London home in 2013. He told a jury at Harrow Crown Court he had to sleep on the floor and was barred from using many rooms except to clean them.

He described how he was scared of the couple after realising they would not pay him or send him to school. In a soft voice, he said he was not ‘free’, adding: ‘I could only take the children to the park, that was the only time I could take them out.’

In a police interview, he said he was known as a ‘house boy’, adding: ‘My role is to stay in the house ... I always do everything in the house, sir … clean, cook, wash car, the gardening, ironing … or maybe like a slave. That’s called slavery.’
Dr Edet, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, and his wife are being prosecuted under modern anti-slavery legislation.

The jury was told Mr Inuk escaped after hearing about another case in the media while the couple travelled to Nigeria for Christmas. He contacted a charity which tipped off police who were stunned to find him alone in their £450,000 four-bedroom terrace home in Perivale, monitored by a CCTV camera.
The deal: Harrow Crown Court (pictured) heard Mr Inuk was introduced to the couple through a family friend in Nigeria. He was to be paid for his work and receive an education, but this never happened, the court was told
The deal: Harrow Crown Court (pictured) heard Mr Inuk was introduced to the couple through a family friend in Nigeria. He was to be paid for his work and receive an education, but this never happened, the court was told
He told them his ordeal began when he was taken under the wing of the Edet family aged 12. He was the oldest of eight children. His family had fallen into poverty when his father died and he willingly went to work for the Edets in Lagos, Nigeria, being paid £2 or £3 a month. A short time later the family moved to Israel and then, when he was 14, to Britain. They brought him into the country by changing his name to their surname and falsely adding him to their passports, it is alleged.



They stayed at addresses, including hospital accommodation, in Chatham, Scarborough, Walsall and London. Roger Smart, prosecuting, said Mr Inuk slept on the kitchen floor on a dirty foam mattress thrown out by a hospital. He was expected to get up first and begin cleaning the house, but was told to sweep instead of using a vacuum cleaner because it was too noisy. Mr Inuk was also forced to wash clothes by hand because the Edets said it was too expensive to run the washing machine.
On trial: Mr Inuk's alleged captors were charged after an investigation by Scotland Yard's Human Trafficking Unit. Both pleaded not guilty to holding a person in slavery and servitude and assisting unlawful immigration
On trial: Mr Inuk's alleged captors were charged after an investigation by Scotland Yard's Human Trafficking Unit. Both pleaded not guilty to holding a person in slavery and servitude and assisting unlawful immigration
He always ate by himself, kept his few possessions in a single bag and was not allowed to sit in the front room or go upstairs. Mr Smart said the couple ‘to all intents and purposes owned him, controlling nearly every aspect of his life down to his very name. ‘Over a period in excess of 20 years they have deprived him of his identity, his rights to education and freedom of movement and the money he should have received. He has no means of returning to Nigeria. He was entirely dependent on them.’

At one stage he tried to undertake a college course in computer skills but the Edets stopped him, it is claimed. Mr Smart said: ‘When he did not meet their exacting standards, they hit him and punched him – he recalls this particularly clearly in relation to his trying to apply for college.’ Mr Inuk did seek help but was turned away by police who simply recorded his case as a lost passport, and by social services who said they could not help because he was an adult.

The Edets deny cruelty to a person under 16, slavery and assisting unlawful immigration. The case continues.



Wysetots (m) at 7-05-2015 09:24AM
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Is this not an old news??
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obhiseh (m) at 7-05-2015 09:58AM
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it doesnt matter  even as an old news
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echeeche (m) at 7-05-2015 10:33AM
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Chai this world is too wicked
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viddycool (f) at 7-05-2015 10:49AM
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Ignorance is a diseases, yes that is what has kept this man in bondage for so long. well i trust this people to do justice i wish him success at the end
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domcom (m) at 7-05-2015 10:55AM
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Its unfortunate!  it has even been a regular experience that most  Nigerians who studied in Britain have similar altitude towards their house servants, even those that are back home, very wicked towards  their house servants, total subjection and humiliation, they never wanted you to prosper only to be their slave for life..its touching... vanity upon vanity all is vanity! May God help us!
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orjiwolo (m) at 7-05-2015 11:07AM
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Calabar people and slavery, the man and his wife salary will be around 170k pounds per year and them no fit pay the poor boy or let him go to school Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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winace (f) at 7-05-2015 03:41PM
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Dats nigerian for u. Always d slave master and yet accuse d oyinbos dat slaved our fore fathers. Up till date, dis shit is happening.
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paulohking (m) at 7-05-2015 04:22PM
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jail 'em motherfuccker Angry
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deborahsbd (f) at 7-05-2015 06:57PM
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this people need to go to jail for life because they have send him to hell for life .i know this guy personaly .so i know what he has gone through.he can't even talk to a girl when all his mate have married with children.
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deborahsbd (f) at 7-05-2015 06:59PM
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this people need to go to jail for life because they have send him to hell for life .i know this guy personaly .so i know what he has gone through.he can't even talk to a girl when all his mate have married with children. I know God will see him through. Because he is a very nice man
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