Last updated at 4:18 PM on 29th March 2011
Police believed to have finally identified body
Dumped in the Thames: The five-year-old boy identified as Adam
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