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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Nigerian doctor and her husband allegedly 'trafficked' Nigerian woman to the UK, made her work 18-hour shifts for £20 a week

A Nigerian doctor and her husband have been accused of trafficking a Nigerian woman to the UK before making her work 18-hour shifts and beating her when she asked for higher wages.
Dr Ayodeji Adewakun, 44, and Abimbola Adewakun, 48, are alleged to have paid babysitter Iyabo Olatunji, just £20 a week for looking after their two young children at home in Erith, south east London.


Ms Olatunji, 37, told Southwark Crown Court on Monday, May 8th, that she was also made to work long arduous days cleaning their house before staying late and cooking the couple dinner. She claims that when she asked for higher wages, and was slapped by the couple.

The couple allegedly persuaded Iyambo Olatunji to leave her home in Nigeria to look after their two young children at their three-bedroom home in Erith, southeast London, in 2004. Ms Olatunji, who had worked as a secretary for the local government in Nigeria, was forced to work 18-hour shifts cleaning the house and to share a bed with the youngest child. She also worked for Mr Adewakun’s pastor father as a househelp in the 1990s.

Ms Olatunji, who did not have her own bank account, was originally promised a £450 monthly salary over a 15-month period, jurors heard.

She told the court Ayodeji, or ‘Aunty Ayo’, ‘said she would look after me’.
"She said I would be fine. She said she would pay me money, a salary. The salary would have been higher than the one I was earning in the local government."
The Kent-based doctor promised her new childminder £450 per month in a contract signed by the couple and Ms Olatunji which also set out a range of terms and conditions of her employment which began when she arrived in February 2004.


They included caring for couple’s two young children ‘at times agreed in advance’ during working hours ‘stipulated as Monday to Saturday’ six days per week between 7am and 5pm.
Ms Olatunji denied she was made aware of any duties expected of her outside of her babysitting role and added that she had never even had a bank account set up for her to receive her wages into.
‘I told Aunty Ayo ‘I do not have one’ but she just said ‘I have plans for you’,’ she added.

She said Ayodeji’s brother accompanied her to the British Embassy in Nigeria to get her passport and held onto it until they landed in the UK.

When she first arrived at the three-bedroom house she met the couple’s Hungarian au pair who showed her the children’s nursery, school and local park before leaving a week later with ‘a bad attitude’.
Jurors heard Dr Adewakun spotted Ms Olatunji chatting to the au pair and raged ‘Are you listening to her? She is not happy you are here because she is leaving.

"She is not a good au pair." he said.
The court heard Ms Olatunji, who came to the UK with just five Nigerian Naira in her pocket, was not even treated to a t-shirt she liked during a family holiday to Euro Disney.

On their return, she claimed she was made to get up at 6am to get the children fed and off to school before tidying the home during the day and preparing meals for the evening.

"I am not sleeping at 8pm or 9pm - it is midnight,"said Ms Olatunji.

She recalled that the doctor and her husband sometimes did not return home from work until well after 10pm.
"Sometimes she would speak nicely to me - 25% nice to me, 75% anger,’ Ms Olatunji said. "She did not pay me. Both of them did not pay me, they just gave me £20 on Friday"
She was even told a landline call to her parents back home was ‘too expensive’ and spent some of her wages on Africa Tel calling cards.

Ms Olatunji said she was slapped three times by the doctor when she asked for more money.

The first occasion, coinciding with her birthday, was documented in a diary she kept, which also detailed the lax payment schedule. Jurors heard the babysitter wrote:
"Aunty fight with me today.She slapped my face twice.. The day I will never forget in my life - the first time in history that somebody has slapped my face."
Ms Olatunji claimed she was assaulted again twice before she reported her situation to Mrs Adewakun’s mother.

Dr Adewakun and her husband Abimbola, both deny obtaining services by deception and trafficking a person into the UK for exploitation.

Mrs Adewakun further denies assaulting Ms Olatunji and two further counts of fraud and trafficking a person into the UK for exploitation in relation to a second victim.

The trial continues.

Source: Daily Mail

40 comments:

BONARIO NNAGS said...

So inhuman of them.
Hope they're made example of.



. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

dj banti said...

Godtakeover

Michaelwhite said...

This is the height of wickedness..., you leaving a luxury life and that one person that is taking care of you and your entire household couldn't have just gotten the same kindness in return.... Thank God today your evil has come to light

Anonymous said...

This feels like a padded story. I don't believe it. Exploitation at work here. Who comes from Nigeria with five Naira. All lies!!!!

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Addis said...

I have a feeling this lady is fabricating lies against the couple. Probably wanted free ticket and visa to UK and doesn't want to return back to Nigeria. So she's looking for a way to frame them up so she can be freed from the original agreement made while she was still in Nigeria.
The U.K. Officials need to be smarter, if the nanny/helper can not produce a documented contract indicating she would be paid a certain amount, a verbal promise is as good as lies
They should send her back to Nigeria then to relieve her from her 'torment '

Addis said...

I have a feeling this lady is fabricating lies against the couple. Probably wanted free ticket and visa to UK and doesn't want to return back to Nigeria. So she's looking for a way to frame them up so she can be freed from the original agreement made while she was still in Nigeria.
The U.K. Officials need to be smarter, if the nanny/helper can not produce a documented contract indicating she would be paid a certain amount, a verbal promise is as good as lies
They should send her back to Nigeria then to relieve her from her 'torment '

Anonymous said...

see her stomuk!na untidy arrangement una do!das why.Oyinbo no wan hear say u help d girl enta obodoyinbo or una dey help d girl family for back home!may you not lose your licence!

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Thank God she finally spoke up


... Merited happiness

Ade Olasengbe said...

That's pure wickedness

ken christy said...

Wicked couple!!!!

Omogiafu Imade said...

Hmmmm,that's bad..the doctor and her husband has many question to answer

Omogiafu Imade said...

Hmmmm,that's bad..the doctor and her husband has many question to answer

CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

Hope they end up compensating her as well as serving jail term for what they did to her


Long live LIB

Emmanuel Ofoha said...

When they do something bad you call them NIGERIANS...but when they are doing good...you brand them BRITISH...fools!

alysyn said...

I don't understand people. Much more than anything, this woman is looking after your kids! Even if it's for nothing else. Very bad people. I hope they get what they deserve.

Anonymous said...

Fellow Nigerians let this be a warning. You can't pay the same wages back home when you bring a house help over here to the U.K. It is called exploitation or shall I say modern day slavery.

Anonymous said...

Best not to use Nigerians in any case. Even if you pay them the minimum wage here they will abscond and say you maltreated them in order to get permanent residency

Anonymous said...

Nigerians once they hear'abroad' they leave everything they're doing in Nigeria and rush out, not knowing that it is not as easy and rosy as they think at all. And this couple, I don't know their fate over there in London, but if it's here in America, they will go to jail, after which they will be deported and never to step foot here.

Anonymous said...

The heart of man is truely desperately wicked! Haba Dr Adewakun!

Anonymous said...

All those Nigerians in the US with Nigerian nannies should be careful! This is not the first I have heard of a nanny going to authorities to try get stay or green card. Make up all sorts of stories, unfortunately paying someone under minimum wage is illegal

Jon Colinas said...

Look at the faces of evil.

Vivian Reginalds said...

nawa
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Doris Ohagudo said...

I pray she remain in uk because any day she step foot in Nigeria, her name will be sorry

Anonymous said...

Well said

Anonymous said...

Gbam. They tell the lies of maltreatment to try to get permanent residency.

Anonymous said...

No this type of story is not the first time. Several stories. They will ask question her to the max and from when they found she has a diary. This couple is in hot soup

Ushie Blessing said...

Bad people

Anonymous said...

It's very common character amongst Naija overseas oh. If see dem dey laugh at home I think say na their real character, but when u go close to them u go sabi say most of dem be demons in human flesh

Anonymous said...

Spot on girl..thats what happens. They destroy ur life

Anonymous said...

Please don't judge this couple based on the submission of the complainant. There are always two sides to a story. I have similar experience with the maid we employed in UK from Nigeria. After settling in UK and probably tutored by those posing to help her, she became rebellious and difficult to live with. In order not to get into similar situation as the defendants in this case, we decided to take her back to Nigeria. It was a difficult decision to make (to take her back to Nigeria) because of the huge money spent in getting her the appropriate visa, lawyer's fee and logistics etc, but with the benefit of hindsight, that decision was safer and cheaper than what the defendants are going through now. I wish them good luck and God's guidance.

Anonymous said...

Linda and every blog readers, this is my Uncle and his wife, we all know the story and this is all lies. The girl in question is a liar and an ungrateful soul. Why would you do this is to a kind couple who decided to help you and your family. Her parents are totally disappointed in her and they are not in support of all these things she has done. We just pray that the truth prevails, she was brought to the UK to better her life and they did not treat her bad for a single day. Linda i wish you can meet them, they are the best and sweetest souls ever. Despite been blessed they will never treat anyone bad. They are givers and they did their best for this lady. Evil companies, led this girl to betray them the way she is doing now despite all that has been done for her and her family. She is also from ile-oluji, village girl that has open eye now she want to reap from where she didn't sow because you don't want to return to Nigeria. In a nutshell, she is just evil and i know that the God will serve will deliver Brother Bola and Aunty Ayo in Jesus Christ name, Amen.

Anonymous said...

Thank you as u are d only sensible person that has commented! It's all lies!! I know this two so well and the olatunji girl is a liar! It's a complicated case... please never render help to anyone from the Village! Most of them her witches. You all shouldn't judge by what u read!!! It's totally wrong!! May God help us all

Anonymous said...

Thank you as u are d only sensible person that has commented! It's all lies!! I know this two so well and the olatunji girl is a liar! It's a complicated case... please never render help to anyone from the Village! Most of them her witches. You all shouldn't judge by what u read!!! It's totally wrong!! May God help us all

Anonymous said...

Thank you as u are d only sensible person that has commented! It's all lies!! I know this two so well and the olatunji girl is a liar! It's a complicated case... please never render help to anyone from the Village! Most of them her witches. You all shouldn't judge by what u read!!! It's totally wrong!! May God help us all

Anonymous said...

Thank you as u are d only sensible person that has commented! It's all lies!! I know this two so well and the olatunji girl is a liar! It's a complicated case... please never render help to anyone from the Village! Most of them her witches. You all shouldn't judge by what u read!!! It's totally wrong!! May God help us all

Anonymous said...

Some people are wicked sha. You ate a doctor earning so much in the uk. What 450 pounds a month to give this woman now? She can send money home and call her children as she likes. She will happily cooks nd do everything. Some people ate just wicked. But they were paying the a up air so much more than that.

Favour Nwachukwu said...

Abimbola Adewakun is my cousin, humble and gentle to the core. This story is all lies. Iyabo is just an ungrateful girl. Please don't conclude on them Iyabo just want to get stay or money from the couple.

Seun tade said...

Hmmm,I think stories like this should be properly investigated by people before they pass comments.The Adewakuns are my blood and I know them very well.We practically grew up together in the same environment and this IYABO who was meant to be a house help with bro Abimbola,s parents was treated like d last born of the family.How people change in this world just to have what they want.She ran away from this couple few years after she got to UK only to show up years later with this story.Amazing how people change.God will surely vindicate bros B and family that I know for sure

Seun tade said...

Hmm God will vindicate the Adewakuns.Iyabo is a lady that grew up with the adewakun,s in Ondo and was treated like their own last born.A lot of people didn't even know that she was a house help.Bros bimbola decided to take her to the UK to live with him because she had been with them since she was young and she was the only one left with their parents.This same Lady ran away few years after she got to the UK only to show up several years later with this story.Somebody is playing smart here,only God can judge IYABO.

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