The Lagos State Police Command have launched investigation into how two teenage girls living in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos State, sold their organs to a medical doctor in Abeokuta, Ogun State, for N100,000 each without the consent of their parents.
According to Vanguard, the teenagers, Precious Ikechukwu (17), daughter of the Bishop and Founder of Living Word Anointed Gospel Mission, and her father’s secretary, Theresa Obam (19), allegedly collaborated with one Mrs. Adeleke Blessing, an adult church member, to visit a doctor at Redwood Specialist Hospital in Abeokuta, where their organs were sold for N100,000 each.
The Lagos State Police Command has initiated an investigation into how two adolescent girls from Iyana-Ipaja in Lagos State sold their organs for N100,000 apiece to a medical specialist in Abeokuta, Ogun State, without their parents’ permission.
Precious Ikechukwu (17), daughter of the Bishop and Founder of Living Word Anointed Gospel Mission, and her father’s secretary, Theresa Obam (19), allegedly collaborated with one Mrs. Adeleke Blessing, an adult church member, to visit a doctor at Redwood Specialist Hospital in Abeokuta, where their organs were sold for N100,000 each, according to Vanguard.
When Precious started vomiting up on September 12, 2022, their act was found. Ikechukwu Umeayo, her father, worried she could have typhoid or malaria so he rushed her to the hospital. A medical examination there, which was then requested by the doctor, indicated that her anus and private parts were hurt.
The sick child apparently fell unconscious once her illness was revealed, but she subsequently came to, telling her father that Mrs. Adeleke Blessing had taken them to Ogun State, where their organs had been sold to a physician.
According to the teens, Mrs. Adeleke offered to bring them to a location where they would be generously paid with N100,000 in order to convince them to engage in the illegal activity because the bishop, Mrs. Adeleke’s father, was underpaying them. Furthermore, they said Mrs. Adeleke threatened to kill them if they revealed the existence of their father or parents.
The girls stated that without their parents’ consent, Mrs. Adeleke Blessing, also known as Mummy K, drove them to Redwood Hospital in Abeokuta, Ogun State, where the transplant was performed. She joined forces with Dr. Durodola there, who gave them medication injections.
In addition, they said they were forcibly brought to a PDF hospital in Surulere, Lagos, where a doctor removed their organs and removed their ovaries, eggs, and other reproductive organs, causing them terrible agony and bleeding.
After learning the distressing revelation, the kids were sent to a separate hospital in Surulere, Lagos, where they had a medical laboratory test and scan. According to the findings, the teens’ liver, uterus, urine bladder, kidney, spleen, and gall bladder were all harmed as a result of the 46 ovaries that were removed.
Precious’ younger siblings told Bishop Umeayo that they knew their sister was sick because she constantly went to the restroom with medical equipment and came out gushing blood, when Precious was transported to the hospital and the test was done.
He said that the primary suspect, Mrs. Adeleke, often attended church vigils and was sleeping on the land where the church is housed with her mother-in-law. According to evidence gathered, Favour lives with Bishop Ikechukwu and works for him as his secretary, earning N20,000 a month. His daughter Precious works as a hairdresser and charges Mrs. Adeleke money to do her hair.
The State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Bureau, SCIID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos, received a report of the event from the Iyana-Ipaja police station and later forwarded it there for further investigation.
Ikechukwu Chiaha, the lawyer representing the offended bishop, learned that the investigators were seeking an amiable settlement and payment of N300,000, of which he said the police would retain N200,000, and he began to think that the police may have compromised over the matter. A fresh investigation has subsequently been opened by NAPTIP, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, after Chiaha submitted the case to them on the basis of this.
The primary suspect, Mrs. Adeleke, responded to the charge by asserting that the victims freely gave up their eggs.
“The two girls volunteered to donate their eggs to the hospital, after listening to my phone conversation with a doctor and, in return, they were compensated with N100,000, of which Favour gave me N20,000 for introducing them to the hospital.” she said
When contacted, Lagos State Police spokesman, David Hundeyin, said;
“It was not organ harvesters, the operation was carried out by a professional doctor and the process was legal. All documents were signed and the girls stated in the document that they were above 18 years. The doctor told them about the consequences of feeling pain for two days, after and they accepted and donated their organs. Unfortunately, they did not inform their father about it and the father is requesting for N200 million as compensation.”