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Ekweremadu, Wife, Doctor Found Guilty of Organ Harvesting Plot By UK Court

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Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, his wife and a doctor, have been found guilty of conspiring to traffic a market trader to the UK to harvest his kidney.

Ekweremadu, his wife Beatrice and daughter Sonia, stood trial accused of a conspiracy to bring a 21-year-old street trader to Britain from Lagos for his body part.

The donor cannot be identified for legal reasons.

It was alleged that the victim was to be rewarded for donating the organ to Sonia Ekweremadu, in an £80,000 private procedure at London’s Royal Free Hospital.

Dr. Obinna Obeta, 50, the medical “middleman”, was found guilty.

Sonia, 25, wept as she was cleared of the same charge.


The case marks the first time defendants have been convicted under the Modern Slavery Act of an organ harvesting conspiracy.

As the donor was alleged to be paid a financial reward for his organ, it would have made the transplant unlawful.

The donor did not understand until his first appointment with a consultant at the hospital that he was there for a kidney transplant, the Old Bailey heard.

He was said by the consultant to have a “limited understanding” of why he was there and was “visibly relieved” at being told the operation would not go ahead.

It was claimed the man was falsely presented as Sonia’s cousin in a failed bid to persuade medics to carry out the procedure at the Royal Free.

The Ekweremadus’, who have an address in Willesden Green, northwest London, and Dr. Obeta, from Southwark, south London, denied the charge against them.

It was alleged the defendants attempted to convince medics at the Royal Free by pretending the donor was Sonia’s cousin.

When their transplant bid failed, the Ekweremadus’ allegedly turned their attention to Turkey in a bid to find more potential donors.

An investigation was subsequently launched after the young man ran away from London and slept rough for days before walking into a police station more than 20 miles away in Staines, Surrey, crying and in distress.

© 2023 Sky UK

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