The police in Lagos are conducting an investigation into a grisly incident involving two teenagers from the Iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos State, both of whom allegedly sold their organs for 200,000 Naira without the consent of their parents. According to reports, 17-year-old Precious Ikechukwu, daughter of a Pentecostal Bishop in Lagos, and 19-year-old Theresa Obam, the bishop’s secretary, connived with an adult member of the church, Mrs. Adeleke Blessing, to illegally sell their organs to a medical doctor in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The teenage duo reportedly visited the Redwood Specialist Hospital in Abeokuta, where their organs were sold for a sum of 100, 000 Naira each. The organ sale came to light in September 12, 2022 after Precious, daughter of the bishop and founder of the Living Word Anointed Gospel Mission at Iyana-Ipaja, started vomiting and was subsequently taken to a hospital by her father, Ikechukwu Umeayo, who initially thought it was typhoid or malaria.
However, after conducting a medical tests, the doctor was shocked to discover damage to Precious' anus and private parts, which suggest that the teenager was subjected to a medical surgery without her parents consent or knowledge.
The identities of the medical doctor in Abeokuta and the individual who purchased the organs have not been revealed. However, the police in Lagos have now begun an investigation into the illegal organ sale, with the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, vowing to get to the bottom of this horrendous and grievous act.
It is hoped that justice will be served soon, and that the perpetrators of this unconscionable act will not go unpunished. The rights of these two minors were grossly violated, and hopefully no other young person will have to suffer the same abuse.
The news surfaced after the health of one of the teens, a female, deteriorated and she became unconscious. After she regained consciousness and opened up to her father, they alleged that Mrs. Adeleke had promised them N100,000 if they agreed to the illegal organ harvesting activity. It was also revealed that the woman had threatened them to keep the ordeal to themselves, warning them of grave consequences if they informed anyone, especially their parents. They alleged that Mrs. Adeleke cautioned them not to let their father/parents know about the organ harvesting, that if they do, she will kill them.
The teenagers further gave a very disturbing account of the particular medical facility they were taken to, Redwood hospital in Abeokuta, Ogun State. They both said that upon their arrival at the hospital, Dr. Durodola, the medical doctor who had an agreement with Mrs. Adeleke, injected them with a substance believed to be a sedative before taking their organs for the transplant that was being conducted.
According to the teenagers, Mrs. Adeleke convinced them to carry out the illegal organ selling because the bishop, her father, was not paying them enough money.
However, it is not yet known who was the beneficiary of the illegal organ harvesting, or if they were paid the promised N100,000. Investigations are still ongoing as authorities have since taken Mrs. Adeleke and her accomplice, Dr. Durodola, into custody. Nigerian law enforcement agencies have urged citizens that if they have any knowledge of such illegal activities, to come forward and report it.
We hope that the truth of this shocking incident will soon be brought to light and any found guilty will be brought to justice. Such activities are unacceptable and no one should be allowed to commit such heinous crimes and get away with it.