UK jails couple for enslaving Nigerian

UK jails couple for enslaving Nigerian

A Nigerian doctor and his nurse wife who kept a fellow Nigerian in forced servitude for almost a quarter of a century after illegally bringing him to Britain have both been jailed for six years.

Former NHS obstetrician Emmanuel Edet, 61, and midwife Antan Edet, 58, kept fellow Nigerian Ofonime Sunday Inuk as a “houseboy” after telling immigration officials he was their teenage son when they arrived here in 1989. Over the next 24 years he worked unpaid up to 17 hours a day looking after the couple’s two sons, cooking, cleaning and gardening.

Emmanuel Edet and his wife Antan were found guilty in November of cruelty to a child, slavery and assisting unlawful immigration

He was also forced to sleep on a hall floor for long periods of time. He eventually managed to alert a charity to his plight after the couple went to Nigeria for Christmas in 2013 and they were arrested the following March. Sentencing the couple at Harrow Crown Court on Monday Judge Graham said their treatment of Mr Inuk, now 40, left him “conditioned” to his plight. Read more

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