UK Court Convicts Ekweremadu, Wife And Daughter For Organ Trafficking
A former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice Ekweremadu, have been convicted by a UK court of organ trafficking.
They were convicted along with their daughter, Sonia Ekweremadu, and a medical doctor, Obinna Obeta, involved in the organ trafficking.
Ekweremadu was found guilty of offering money to a man who he brought to the UK to get his kidney in order to help his sick daughter.
WhatsApp messages showed to the court revealed Obeta charged Ekweremadu 4.5m naira (about £8,000) made up of an “agent fee” and a “donor fee”.
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While it is lawful in the UK to donate a kidney, it becomes criminal if there is a reward of money or other material advantage.
Justice Jeremy Johnson in his judgement in the six week old trial, found them guilty of conspiring in trafficking a 21 year old street trader to London, to exploit him for his kidney.
The judge said he would pass a sentence on them at a later date.
Ekweremadu, his wife and daughter were arrested last year for trafficking the 21 year old man to London to harvest his kidney for the treatment of their daughter.