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Five-year-old 'victim of voodoo ritual' named by former suspect in London

This is the little boy whose headless and limbless body was found floating in the Thames ten years ago, it was claimed last night.

The five-year-old’s identity has remained a mystery after he was smuggled into Britain and murdered in a voodoo-style ritual killing.

He was drugged with a ‘black-magic’ potion and sacrificed before being thrown into the Thames, where his torso washed up next to the Globe Theatre in September 2001.

Detectives used pioneering scientific techniques to trace radioactive isotopes in his bones to his native Nigeria.

They even enlisted Nelson Mandela to appeal for information about the murder.

But they always struggled to formally identify the boy, who they called Adam, despite travelling to the West African state to try to trace his family.

Now Nigerian Joyce Osiagede, the only person to be arrested in Britain as part of the inquiry, has claimed that the boy in this picture is Adam. She said his real name is Ikpomwosa.

In an interview with ITV’s London Tonight, Mrs Osiagede said she looked after the boy in Germany for a year before travelling to Britain without him in 2001.

She claimed she handed the boy over to a man known as Bawa who later told her that he was dead and threatened to kill her unless she kept silent.

London Tonight correspondent Ronke Phillips talking to Joyce Osiagede (right). Osiagede has claimed that the boy in this picture is Adam. She said his real name is Ikpomwosa

Grim: The headless, limbless body of a boy aged between five and six was found floating in the river near Tower Bridge and the Globe theatre in 2001

Dismembered: Detectives used pioneering scientific techniques to trace radioactive isotopes in the boy's bones to his native Nigeria

Asked directly during an interview at her home in Nigeria if the boy in the photograph is Adam, Mrs Osiagede replied: ‘Yes.’ 

Saying she is now willing to talk to police, she added: ‘Ikpomwosa. Baby Adam, his native name was Ikpomwosa.’ 

The identification is a potentially huge breakthrough for Scotland Yard detectives.

Retired Detective Chief Inspector Will O’Reilly, who led the investigation, said: ‘Without a name murders are very hard to solve. So this is a crucial starting point for us and it should lead us to who killed him.’ 

Clue: The only clothing on his body was this pair of orange shorts, exclusively sold in Woolworths in Germany and Austria

Sinister: Extracts of carabar bean would have left the child paralysed but conscious when his throat was cut

Police have passed numerous files on the case to the Crown Prosecution Service but it has never gone to court.

A second suspect, a Nigerian man, was arrested in Dublin in 2003 but was never charged.

Mrs Osiagede was first questioned by police after they found clothing similar to that worn by ‘Adam’ in her Glasgow tower-block flat in 2002.

The only clothing on his body was a pair of orange shorts, exclusively sold in Woolworths in Germany and Austria.

Dressed in a traditional gold and green dress, Mrs Osiagede denied any involvement with the death of the young boy. Asked who killed him, she said a ‘group of people’. 

She added: ‘They used him for a ritual in the water.’

Claiming the boy was six years old, she said: ‘He was a lively boy. A very nice boy, he was also intelligent.’ 

Detailed analysis of a substance in the boy’s stomach was identified as a ‘black magic’ potion.

It included tiny clay pellets containing small particles of pure gold, an indication that Adam was the victim of a Muti ritual killing.

Muti murders, common in sub-Saharan Africa, are carried out in the belief that the body parts of children are sacred. Bodies are often disposed of in flowing water.




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Comment by sandy on March 31, 2011 at 9:04pm
May his gentle soul continue to rest in peace. The evil people that did this would never go scot-free. God will punish them. Amen.
Comment by Alabi on March 31, 2011 at 3:11pm

May his soul rest in peaceooooooooo."Amen".

GOD should protect us & entire family from the hand of evil doers.Am comfused.

Comment by olakunle akinwotu on March 31, 2011 at 12:52pm
very sad and pathetic. the woman should be kept in custody(not in Nigeria) but in London under the eagle eyes of Scotland yard detectives. if not, those people whose secrets will be revealed will just finish her before revealing. 9jabook-please, pass this info to the detectives b4 anything happens.
Comment by Henrietta Uche Uwadia on March 31, 2011 at 11:52am

She looked after the boy in Germany for who? who are the parents and on what ground was she caring for the boy. Let her tell the world how the boy got murdered, she knew more than she is claiming to know right now.

Comment by Moses K Tawose on March 30, 2011 at 8:22pm
This is a jig saw puzzle and it would take a while to put the piece together because a code of silence is in place. May his soul fine rest, but that woman has more to tell than she's saying in the present. He's the son of one parent who has been silent all this time and how did he got to Europe or where was he born. Like I said there's more to the puzzle and more time would be needed to get to the bottom of all this. Good luck and I pray that before long all the pieces would come together sooner than later~~~~~~~~~In Jesus Name(Amen).
Comment by rita on March 30, 2011 at 3:31pm
but what of the boy's family,how did this woman come to take care of him.its so bad,god what is happening to us.
Comment by susanjerry on March 30, 2011 at 3:20pm
EVIL EVIL EVIL'S SOUNDS ON EARTH
Comment by Angela Nkama on March 30, 2011 at 11:44am

Evil world...Evil Leader..Evil Follower's....Everything Evil....May God save us!

RIP....**Dear!

Comment by funsho on March 30, 2011 at 10:32am

Na wah ooooooooooooo.

May God safe us from these Evil Doers. Amen.

May the boys soul rest in peace.

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