Former Deputy Senate President of Nigeria, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife Beatrice have been found guilty of organ trafficking in the United Kingdom. Their daughter, Sonia, and medical doctor, Dr. Obinna Obeta, were also convicted in the case.
The group was found guilty of facilitating the travel of a 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London with the intention of exploiting him for his kidney. The six-week trial at the Old Bailey found that the group criminally conspired to bring the young man to London for organ trafficking purposes.
The verdict was passed on Thursday, March 23, 2023 and the presiding judge, Justice Jeremy Johnson, is expected to pass a sentence later.
The conviction has sent shockwaves through Nigeria, where Ekweremadu previously held the position of Deputy Senate President and where organ trafficking is a major issue.
The case has drawn attention to the need for stronger international cooperation to combat human trafficking and organ trafficking and for greater measures to protect vulnerable individuals from exploitation.
The Nigerian government has not yet released an official statement on the verdict.