Former Nigerian footballer Jonathan Akpoborie has lamented the Beninoise government’s defiance to comply with its Supreme court’s judgment vindicating him of any wrong doing and compensation over the slave ship scandal.
In 2001, Akpoborie made headlines, when a boat, managed by his family, was stopped in Benin after allegations that it was carrying children into slavery in Gabon.
At the time, the allegation led to his suspension from Wolfsburg and eventually, after a brief sojourn at Saarbrücken, to his retirement.
During an interview with former Super Eagles defender Ifeanyi Udeze on the show “No Holds Barred”, Akpoborie also fingered UNICEF in the ‘smear campaign’.
He claimed the international organisation jumped on the rumour that his vessel was conveying 250 children to Gabon to be sold into slavery.
“As I speak the Beninoise government did not release my vessel when they eventually did, they released it into the sea.
“It drifted into a beach but eventually was vandalized by scavengers. I took them to Benin Republic courts; I went to the Court of Appeal and Supreme court and won the case.
“The final judgement was given in 2016. But the government failed to comply with the judgement and my damages have not been paid because I’m a Nigerian. They vandalized the vessel because it carried the Nigerian flag,” he concluded.
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