Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Port Harcourt Zonal Office has arrested the leader of a syndicate selling and buying human organs for trafficking to foreigners.
The commission disclosed this on Thursday in a statement.
The leader, Ukaeje John Emeka, who goes by the aliases, Dr Phil Mark, Dr Donald Phillip and Dr Wesley David, was arrested on 16 April 2021, at Rumukparali, Ozuoba, Port Harcourt, Rivers State after the commission received intelligence on his suspicious fraudulent internet dealings.
Ukaeje and his gang specialise in buying kidneys of healthy people to clients in Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates with renal disease.
“Preliminary investigations by the EFCC showed that the suspect is leading a syndicate of fraudsters falsely presenting themselves as medical doctors, with a human organ bank, particularly kidneys for sale and purchase.
“Victims of the syndicate include people with renal disease and even healthy people desirous of selling their organs in Nigeria; India; Pakistan; Indonesia and United Arab Emirate.
“Items recovered from the suspect include; one Nigerian passport; one Republic of Cote D’Ivoire 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 Commission is on the trail of other members of the syndicate within and outside Nigeria,” the commission stated.