Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, found guilty of organ trafficking in the United Kingdom.
The former Deputy Senate President of Nigeria, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, have been found guilty of organ trafficking in the United Kingdom.The judge, Justice Jeremy Johnson, will pass a sentence at a later date, The Guardian UK reports.
The couple alongside their medical doctor, Dr. Obinna Obeta, were found guilty of facilitating the travel of a young man to Britain with a view to his exploitation after a six-week trial at the Old Bailey.Ekweremadu, Beatrice, their daughter, Sonia, and Obeta had been standing trial at the Old Bailey for organ trafficking.
It could be recalled that Ekweremadu and his wife were last year arrested in the United Kingdom for allegedly trafficking a young man into the country to harvest his kidney. They criminally conspired to bring the 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney.
Ike Eweremadu, his daughter, Sonia and his wife, Beatrice.
The young man was said to have been offered an illegal reward to become a donor for their daughter Sonia and was falsely presented as Sonia’s cousin in a failed bid to persuade doctors to carry out an £80,000 private procedure at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
The prosecutor, Hugh Davies KC went further to tell the court that the Ekweremadus and Obeta had treated the man and other potential donors as “disposable assets – spare parts for reward”.
He said they entered an “emotionally cold commercial transaction” with the man, The Guardian UK report added.
Davies told the Jury that the behaviour of Ekweremadu showed “entitlement, dishonesty and hypocrisy”.
‘‘Ekweremadu agreed to reward someone for a kidney for his daughter – somebody in circumstances of poverty and from whom he distanced himself and made no inquiries, and with whom, for his own political protection, he wanted no direct contact”.
“What he agreed to do was not simply expedient in the clinical interests of his daughter, Sonia, it was exploitation, it was criminal. It is no defence to say he acted out of love for his daughter. Her clinical needs cannot come at the expense of the exploitation of somebody in poverty.”