The Ekweremadus And Obeta Bags Years In Prison
In the first conviction of its sort under the Modern Slavery Act, Ike Ekweremadu, a former deputy senate president, was found guilty of organ trafficking along with his wife, Beatrice, and their doctor.
After a six-week trial at the Old Bailey, Ekweremadu, 60, his wife Beatrice, 56, and Dr. Obinna Obeta, 51, were convicted guilty of enabling a young man’s travel to Britain with the intent to exploit him.
Sonia, the legislator’s daughter, was exonerated by the court.
The jury found that Ekweremadu, his wife, and their doctor had illegally planned to go to London with the 21-year-old street vendor from Lagos in order to swap him for a kidney. Ekweremadus and Obeta, according to the prosecutor Hugh Davies KC, treated the man and other potential donors like “disposable assets – spare parts for reward.” He claimed that they had a “commercial transaction” with the individual that was “emotionally cold.” He claimed that multi-property owner Ekweremadu, who employs 80 people, “agreed to reward someone for a kidney for his daughter – someone in poverty from whom he distanced himself and made no inquiries, and with whom, for his own political protection, he wanted no direct contact.”
According to Davies, what he agreed to do was not just practical for his daughter Sonia’s medical needs; it was also exploitation and illegal. Saying that he did it out of love for his daughter is not a defense. Her medical requirements cannot be satisfied at the expense of exploiting a person in need. The punishment follows their conviction in March for flying a Nigerian man in so they could get his kidney for the couple’s ill daughter, Sonia.
Ike Ekweremadu, his wife Beatrice, and Dr. Obinna Obeta have all received prison sentences from a judge at The Central Criminal Court, widely known as the Old Bailey.
Following their conviction for organ trafficking in March, they were sentenced. In a Friday sentencing session, Ekweremadu was given a nine years and eight months in prison sentence, his wife Beatrice received a four years and six months in prison sentence, and Obeta was given a ten years in prison sentence. Sonia, the ill daughter of the Ekweremadus, was exonerated of all charges.