Onoja Adagbo


The good thing about this disgusting story is that the perpetrators have paid dearly for it. Godwin Okpara, ex-Super Eagles footballer, his wife, Linda with whom he was convicted in a French court six years ago for enslaving their adopted Nigerian daughter, (Tina Okpara) have been serving prison terms. Okpara was sentenced to thirteen years imprisonment, later reduced to ten and his wife was sentenced to 15 while the wife’s aunt, tried as an accomplice to enslavement and torture, spent 18 months behind bars. All these played out in far away France 2007. Unconfirmed reports suggest Okpara might have been deported back to Nigeria by now after leaving a French jail house just last week. As at Sunday, it could still not be confirmed authoritatively from the Nigerian Embassy if Okpara was taken there last week preparatory to deportation. A Nigerian contact in Paris social circles who knows the Okparas very well said on Sunday night that Linda Okpara would be released this week.

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