Nigerian youth football coach who abused seven teenage boys in UK jailed for 15 years

 Nigerian youth football coach who abused seven teenage boys in UK is jailed for 15 years

A self-proclaimed Nigerian football manager who was found guilty of abusing his position by sexually assaulting seven teenagers has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Emmanuel Igwebuike, 35, has also received a lifetime sexual abuse prevention order and will also be placed on the sex offender registry for life.

The Inner London Crown Court convicted him after the same court found him guilty in April of 22 counts of sexual assault following a five-week trial.

His victims who were between the ages of 14 and 18 at the time the offenses were committed between June 2019 and April 2021. The sexual assaults allegedly took place at his former addresses in Lambeth and Putney, as well as a hotel in Birmingham.

Several allegations naming Igwebuike were made to police on June 15, 2021, 15 days before his arrest by officers from the Complex Investigation Team and Central Crime Command.

According to the Metropolitan Police, Igwebuike was at the time acting in a self-proclaimed role as a football coach at his own football academy based in the Stockwell and Putney areas of south London.

Igwebuike, who was not affiliated with the English Football Association (FA) or a local football club, allegedly carried out the attack after he managed to establish a relationship of trust with the boys with the promise of continuing their careers as a footballer and provide them with football. Opportunities.

Police say that at the time the offenses were committed, none of the boys knew about the mistreatment of others and believed they were the only ones being sexually assaulted.

Although he was charged with assaulting seven boys, police said that at the time the allegations were made, the names of other potential victims and witnesses to Igwebuike’s crimes were mentioned. Police are now urging any other victims to come forward.

Detective Constable Elaine Hutton, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said:

“These offenses committed by Igwebuike are extremely serious. They had a significant impact on the lives of the young victims and especially on their families who trusted him and suffered his manipulation.

“I would like to thank them all for their bravery during this investigation.

“We are keen to determine if there are other Igwebuike victims who have not yet come forward. Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of Igwebuike is asked to contact the police.

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