Emmanuel Igwebuike, a self-described Nigerian football coach, was found guilty of molesting seven young boys and was given a 15-year prison sentence in the UK.
The 35-year-old was also given a lifetime order to avoid sexual harm, and he will forever be listed on the Sex Offenders Register. According to reports from the UK, the Inner London Crown Court punished him after finding him responsible for 22 charges of sexual assault after a five-week trial in April.
When the crimes were committed between June 2019 and April 2021, his victims ranged in age from 14 to 18. According to reports, the sexual assaults happened at his old residences in Lambeth and Putney as well as a hotel in Birmingham.
On June 15, 2021, 15 days before the Nigerian was detained by police officers from a multidisciplinary investigation team and the central specialist crime command, a number of accusations against him were presented to the police.
Igwebuike, according to the Metropolitan Police, was running his own football academy in the South London neighbourhoods of Stockwell and Putney at the time, acting in his own self-appointed capacity as a coach.
Igwebuike, who had no connection to the English Football Association (FA) or any nearby football club, is said to have assaulted the boys after gaining their trust by promising to further their football careers and give them opportunities to play the game. According to the police, at the time the crimes were perpetrated, none of the boys was aware that the other boys were being abused and believed they were the only ones.
Police claimed that although he was accused of abusing seven boys, other potential victims and witnesses to Igwebuike’s actions were cited at the time the accusations were made against him. Police are now pleading with any further victims to come forward.