Organ Trafficking: Tears as Ex-Deputy Senate President, Wife, Risk 10years Imprisonment in UK

Organ Trafficking: Tears as Ex-Deputy Senate President, Wife, Risk 10years Imprisonment in UK

  • Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy senate president, and his wife, Beatrice, have been convicted of organ trafficking by a UK court
  • The couple were convicted alongside their doctor, Obinna Obeta, while their daughter suffering from a kidney-related ailment, cried profusely at the court
  • Following the conviction, the lawmaker and his wife are likely to be sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the United Kingdom's Modern Slavery Act 2015

An Old Bailey jury in the United Kingdom has found Ike Ekweremadu, the former deputy senate president, and his wife, Beatrice, guilty of “conspiracy to facilitate and arrange travel with the aim of exploitation.”

Also found guilty was Obinna Obeta, the fourth defendant, while their daughter, Sonia, was not found guilty, The Guardian reported.

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Ekweremadu and wife risk 10 years in UK prison over organ trafficking. Photo Credit: Ike Ekweremadu
Source: UGC

Why UK court convicts Ekweremadu over organ trafficking

After being found guilty of organ trafficking, the Nigerian couple risk spending 10 years in a UK prison as stipulated by the United Kingdom's Modern Slavery Act 2015.

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Justice Johnson of the Old Bailey gave the verdict on Thursday, March 23 and remanded Ekweremadu and Beatrice in custody till May 5, when their sentencing would be decided.

Their daughter, Sonia, who was weeping on the dock after the conviction, was handed over to her parents. Her mother also cried but stopped and wiped her tears because the court was still in session, but Sonia continued to cry.

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The lawmaker did not immediately show emotion as he sat back in his chair.

The couple was reported to be the first to be convicted under the UK's Modern Slavery Act 2015.

After the court discharged the jury and the proceeding ended, the ex-deputy senate president put his arms around his wife and daughter. The family embraced for about a minute while their daughter continued to cry.

Court vacates interim forfeiture order against Ekweremadu’s properties earlier reported that the EFCC had lost the right to temporarily seize 40 properties of the embattled former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu.

This is as a federal high court in Abuja set aside the interim forfeiture order earlier granted to the EFCC on behalf of the federal government.

The court set aside the order on the ground that the EFCC concealed some facts when it applied for the interim forfeiture order.


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