Nigeria Senator Ike Ekweremadu guilty of organ trafficking

A senior Nigerian politician, his wife, and a medical “middleman” have been convicted of trafficking a man to donate an organ.

Senator Ike Ekweremadu, 60, his wife Beatrice, 56, and Dr Obinna Obeta, 50 faced the first charges for organ trafficking under modern slavery laws.

Prosecutors said they planned to remove the kidney of a 21-year-old Nigerian man, so it could be given to their daughter, Sonia, who has a debilitating illness.

Sonia Ekweremadu was acquitted of the charge by the jury.

The man from Lagos was promised opportunities in the UK for help.

He was brought to the UK and said he only realized what was going on when he met doctors at the Royal Free Hospital.

When he was rejected as unsuitable, the court heard the Ekweremadus transferred their interest to Turkey and set about finding another donor.

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