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Guilt and Grief: Senator Ekweremadu’s Daughter Shares Her Side of the Heartbreaking Story

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LONDON, UK – In a heart-wrenching confession, Sonia Ekweremadu, daughter of convicted Senator Ike Ekweremadu, admits to feeling guilt over her parents’ involvement in a kidney trafficking case.

The case, which captured international attention, stemmed from the family’s desperate search for a kidney donor to address Sonia’s life-threatening health condition.

Sonia Ekweremadu
Sonia Ekweremadu

In March 2023, a UK jury found Senator Ike Ekweremadu, his wife Beatrice, and Dr. Obinna Obeta guilty of conspiring to bring a 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney.

The victim was falsely presented as Sonia’s cousin in an attempt to persuade doctors to perform an £80,000 private transplant at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

The Old Bailey Court sentenced Senator Ekweremadu to nine years and eight months in prison, Beatrice to four years and six months, and Dr Obeta, the “middleman,” to a 10-year prison term.

In an emotional interview with the BBC, Sonia revealed her shock at the police’s arrival at their home and her disagreement with her parents’ conviction.

“I understand the conviction. However, I personally disagree with it. That is from a very biased perspective as their daughter. I will obviously always back my parents,” she said.

Suffering from nephrotic syndrome, a kidney disorder causing the body to pass too much protein in urine, Sonia relies on dialysis for treatment.

She maintained that she was not involved in procuring the kidney donor, saying, “I didn’t have a hand in it; it was mostly my family that handled everything about my medical side.”

Sonia expressed deep remorse for the situation, saying, “I don’t think things will ever be the same. Already I feel guilty, because I feel all these happened because of me.”

As the family faces the consequences of their actions, Sonia’s struggle with her health and the burden of guilt will undoubtedly continue to weigh heavily on her conscience.

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