The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a man in Port Harcourt for selling and buying human organs for trafficking to foreigners.
The man, identified as Ukaeje John Emeka (alias Dr. Phil Mark, Dr. Donald Phillip, Dr. Wesley David), was arrested on April 16, 2021 at Rumukparali, Ozuoba, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
He is said to be the ring leader for a group of criminals involved in the trafficking of human organs. His arrest follows action taken by the EFCC operatives in Port Harcourt based on actionable intelligence.
According to the anti-graft agency, Emeka and his team falsely present themselves to the unsuspecting public as medical doctors with a human organ bank, particularly kidneys for sale and purchase.
They harvest their organs from both people with renal disease and even healthy people desirous of selling their organs in Nigeria; India; Pakistan; Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates.
Items recovered from the suspect include: one Nigerian passport; one Republic of Cote D’ivore passport, nine ATM cards; one black-coloured HP laptop; one gold-coloured Tecno L9 plus phone; one- gold-coloured Samsung Galaxy J8 and one ash- coloured Lexus ES 330 salon car.
The EFCC is on the trail of other members of the criminal gang both within and outside Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Owa Ooye of Okemesi Ekiti, Oba Adedeji Gbadebo, on Wednesday lamented the abandonment of tradition in Nigerian states, especially in the Southwest region.
The former chairman, Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers, expressed worries over the spate of insecurity in the country, suggests the use of traditional means to tackle criminal activities in the regions like it was being done in the old days.
Gbadebo said people of the South-West including monarchs, had abandoned the ways of old and the protective charms and powers used by their forefathers, hence the incursion of criminals into the zone.