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

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
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
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
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
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.





  - Daily Mail







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