Ekweremadu, wife and doctor imprisoned for organ trafficking

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Ike Ekweremadu, Beatrice Ekweremadu, and Dr Obinna Obeta. Image source: channelstv.com

The couple was found guilty in March of illegally importing a Nigerian man into the country to get his kidney for their sick daughter, Sonia. They’ve now received the appropriate punishment.

Former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, his wife Beatrice, and Doctor Obinna Obeta have been sentenced to jail by a judge at The Central Criminal Court, which is also known as the Old Bailey.

At the Friday sentencing session, Ekweremadu was given a sentence of nine years and eight months in jail, his wife Beatrice received a sentence of four years and six months in prison, and Obeta was given a sentence of ten years in prison.

In March, they were found guilty of organ trafficking in connection with their ill daughter Sonia. It’s crucial to remember that Sonia was exonerated of all charges.

The three people were found guilty of organ trafficking after they helped a young Nigerian guy fly to the UK with the intention of acquiring his kidney for Sonia.

The jury came to the conclusion that Ekweremadu, his wife, and their doctor had conspired illegally to transport a 21-year-old street trader from Lagos to London so they could take advantage of him for his kidney.

The 2015 UK Modern Slavery Act now has its first conviction.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and former president Olusegun Obasanjo, among other well-known individuals and organizations, appealed against the sentence, but it was nonetheless imposed.

Both houses of the National Assembly, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), and the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) were among the additional petitioners.

When their capture was revealed on June 23, 2022, the Ekweremadus were charged, and Obeta was arraigned on July 13, 2022.

Beatrice received bail during the preliminary hearings, while Ekweremadu was turned down.

After months of planning, the trial started on January 31, 2023, and it lasted for nearly six weeks before Ekweremadu, Beatrice, and Obeta were found guilty.

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