Organ Harvesting: Ekweremadu Knows Sentencing Fate Today

The former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, his wife, Beatrice, alongside their doctor, Dr. Obinna Obeta would know their fate today when they face the jury for sentencing.

The trio were found guilty by Justice Jeremy Johnson of Central Criminal Court Old Bailey, London, and convicted in March under the Modern Slavery Act of the United Kingdom.

They were convicted for conspiring to exploit a street trader by harvesting his kidney, in the first such case under modern slavery laws.

The victim was brought to the UK last year to provide a kidney in an £80,000 private transplant at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

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The couple told the court that the organ was for their daughter, Sonia, aged 25.

Meanwhile, Sonia was cleared of the same charge for which her parents and the Nigerian doctor were convicted.

Sonia, who had declined to give evidence, broke into tears as she was cleared by the jury.

The United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 frowns at human trafficking under which organ harvesting falls and is punishable with maximum sentence of life imprisonment upon conviction.

Ekweremadu has been in detention since June last year.



Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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