Boss Deceives Driver To Donate Kidney, Withholds Promises

Wisdom Silas

A man identified simply as Akazue has allegedly deceived his driver, Chimobi Nwoko, into donating one of his kidneys to his younger brother, Osinachi, without fulfilling promises of compensation for the donation.

PLATFORMTIMES gathered that Mr. Akazue had promised to give his driver $20 million, a house, and a driving job in the US, but after the kidney transplant, he has failed to fulfill the bargained compensation.

The driver was said to have been operated upon on December 22, 2018, at a popular hospital in Lagos State.

Speaking with our correspondent on Tuesday, the driver, Chimobi Nwoko, disclosed that Mr. Akazue warned him not to tell any member of his family about the transplant.

Nwoko also added that his boss, Mr. Akazue brought his younger sister, Deborah, to act as his wife, who signed the consent form at the hospital before the transplant.

After undergoing the transplant and being discharged from the hospital, Nwoko said his boss moved him into a one-room apartment in Mowe, adding that one week after the surgery, Akazue ordered him to return to work despite still recuperating.

He added that since the day he was discharged, the family had never bothered to care for his health, and he is now always tired and is no longer as agile as he used to be before the transplant.

Nwoko stated, “I was employed as a driver for Mr. Akazue in November 2018. His brother, Osinach, had a kidney issue, so when my boss traveled, I was driving his brother to the hospital for dialysis every three days. When my boss returned, he called me into his office and told me that his brother’s kidney had failed.

“He said in the next one or two weeks, his brother may die. He asked if I would like to donate one of my kidneys for his brother and said if I donated the kidney, he would give me $20 million, a house in America, and would also get me a driving job in America.

“I said I would do it, and the next day, we went to the hospital where they ran tests and told me my kidney would match his. The next day, Akazue’s brothers, another of his in-laws, one Mr. Joe, and I went back to the hospital, we stayed three days after which the surgery was done.”

The driver further disclosed that one week after he was discharged, he exhausted his drugs, adding that since 2018 to date, he had not received any treatment as Akazue abandoned him.

“All the promises my boss made me, he didn’t fulfill them. Whenever I asked my boss about it, he’d tell me not to worry, that I was still in his mind. On October 13, 2023, I realized what had happened and told my parents about what I was going through,” Nwoko added.

However, after the transplant, his salary was increased to N70,000, but he never received the full salary because N30,000 was always deducted if he missed any day at work.

Nwoko explained that his family lodged a complaint at the Zone 2 Command, where the Assistant-Inspector General, Muhammed Ali, detailed his men, and Akazue was arrested on Sunday, October 22.

Nwoko’s counsel, Abdullai Dania, said when Akazue was asked about the whereabouts of his younger brother, Osinachi, he told the police to go find him themselves.

The counsel described Nwoko’s case as a case of organ theft, noting that “his kidney was taken from him deceitfully and fraudulently.”

Dania added, “This is stealing somebody’s organ. We don’t know what he used to hypnotize the man; if he is going to settle this matter, he should pay N500 million to the victim. If he won’t, we will take legal action while the criminal aspect will go on.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Zone 2 Command, Hauwa Idris-Adamu, requested to know the department that arrested the suspect and promised to get back to our correspondent but had yet to do so as of the time of writing this report.

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