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Photos: Ofonime Inuk, Nigerian Man Forced To Live Under The Staircase In London For 24 Years Speaks

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Photos: Ofonime Inuk, Nigerian Man Forced To Live Under The Staircase In London For 24 Years Speaks

January 12, 2016 – Pictures: Ofonime Sunday Inuk, Nigerian Man Forced To Live Under The Staircase In London For 24 Years Recounts Ordeal

Ofonime Inuk, a Nigerian man forced to live as a house boy by his Nigerian family friends for 24 years has recounted his ordeal in the hand of his tormentors.

Hear what Mr Inuk told The Daily Mail.

‘They’d been in my life for 24 years, so I kind of felt a bit sorry for them, even though they’d treated me so badly.
“I’d become almost attached to them because they’d controlled my teen and adult life. ‘I’m still angry. I will forgive them – what else can I do? – but I’ll never forget them.

“I’m not going to get my life back, it’s gone now. Twenty-four years of my life have been wasted.
“I know I have a lot ahead, but I’ve missed a lot. It makes me so sad to think about those wasted years, and they just didn’t care. They were playing God with my life.”

nigerian lived under staircase 24 years in londonWhere Inuk slept for 24 years.

“My role is to stay in the house … I always do everything in the house, sir … clean, cook, wash car, the gardening, ironing … or maybe like a slave. That’s called slavery.”

With no official paperwork, no money and nowhere else to go, Mr Inuk said he had no choice but to stay at the Edets’ home in Perivale, West London.

“When they went to work, they’d take the keys and lock all the bedrooms. If I went out, I wouldn’t have been able to come back,” he said.
“I didn’t have anywhere else to go. I didn’t want to sleep on the streets. It was very tough on my mental state. Nobody was there to help me. I even thought about suicide.”

“I’m still in touch with my family back home. They’re so happy all this is over,” he said.
“I haven’t seen them since I came to the UK, but I’m hoping to see them in maybe two years time. I want to get myself together first.

“I have a lot of plans now. I want to go to university but I’m not sure what I’ll study. I’m keeping my options open.
“Now, I pay my own rent. I’m not living on government help. I work and pay my taxes.

“It’s been hard to adjust. I’m used to being on my own, so I find it difficult to have close friends. I tend to spend a lot of time inside my house. I don’t know why.
“I’m responsible for myself now, where before I was always told what to do.

“I haven’t told many people in my new life about what’s happened. I want to leave it behind me and move on.”
When asked what he would say to other slavery victims out there who may be suffering in silence, Mr Inuk said:

“Report it. There are people to help you.
“I want to thank Hope for Justice as well as my lawyer Caroline Carberry and investigating officers Steve Taylor and Andy Nolan of the Metropolitan police.

“I wish I had known about Hope for Justice years ago. Maybe then I’d have been out of the house a long time ago.

“It was just by luck I was listening to the radio that morning.

Wickedness of the highest order…

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  1. Betsy

    January 12, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Hmm wickedness of the highest order in deed, people can be so wicked to thier fellow human being God mercy on dear bro God will give u d strength to start all over again don’t b afraid.

  2. Olanrewaju

    January 12, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Some people have no conscience at all. How will you make your own relative a house boy,not only that making him sleep under the staircase for 24 years. This is just incredible. May God help the helpless and give the hopeless hope

  3. Amazon

    January 12, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    So sad, but thank God he’s a free man now

  4. Divine favour

    January 12, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    hmmm people are very wicked ooo

  5. Pelumi

    January 12, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    24yrs? ???? dats ridiculous

  6. Jacob Flow

    January 12, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Mr Inuk you had the chance to move,but you said you scared of living on the street. It was your foolish decision that kept you captive for 24 years not your captors. To the captors both couples deserves 48 years in jail….End of discussion

  7. OLA

    January 13, 2016 at 2:58 AM


  8. chyna

    January 13, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    hhhmmm i dnt no wat to say this matter is complicated

  9. Sweetchy

    January 13, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    I thank God for rescuing him even after these while.
    With God, he will achieve all God has destined for him.
    When there’s life, there’s hope.

  10. Don

    January 13, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    guy u dey UK for 24yrs u no dey smart.a fool at 24 like u is a fool 4 ever. u re not a naija boy.

  11. Don

    January 13, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    guy u dey UK for 24yrs u no dey smart.a fool at 24 like u is a fool 4 ever. u re not a naija boy.

  12. sola olaniyi

    January 13, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Thank God for your life.

  13. clemcie

    January 13, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    4 dose of u blamin d man,,,u shud ask ur selves dis questions: 4 som1 in a 4reigh land 4d 1st tym were laws’re taken seriously without legal papers,how wise’ll u get? 2ndly doh we’re told his age wen he was taken there,4rm dat u cud tell wat he wud hav acted at d initial stage even doh he had d opportunity 2mov out.3rdly,,how did d foster parents take him over without legal papers?,,,dis’re jst d few questions I hav 2 ask.
    All u can do is 2 pray that no evil befalls u,,,cox wen it does ur wisdom bcoms notin if not 4 God’s intervention..
    It’s also a wake up call 4 dose who’re really eager 2go abroad by all means & parents who readily release their children/wards 2go live wit som1 else. WATCH B4 U LEAP…cox u might never 4giv ur self 4 doin so @d end,!
    Mr.Inuk,d gud news’s dat u’re finally free now,,,u cud actually use ur experience over dose years 2 positively help dose who’re present in d situation u were once in,,,maybe by settin up an NGO.God Almighty who started d gud wrks in u’ll surely complete/perfect it,,,,it’s well as u 4giv dem,,!
    Ur plans 2get educated’s a gud 1,,,look 4 professional career counsellors 2 assist u in d area of career choice,,,& above all develop a personal relationship wit God Almighty 4 dat’s safest & right place 2b here on earth & eternity wise..!

  14. John Emeka

    January 13, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    But pple wicked ooo! May God hv mercy

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