Nigeria’s former deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu may face up to life in jail in Britain today when he is sentenced for allegedly plotting to harvest a man’s kidney for his sick daughter.
In the first United Kingdom case of its kind, 60years old Ekweremadu, was found guilty in March at London’s Old Bailey criminal court of conspiring to traffic the young street trader into Britain for his body part. Also convicted were Ekweremadu’s wife Beatrice, 56, and Obinna Obeta, 50, a doctor who acted as a middleman in the plot. They too will be sentenced today.
According to reports, the 25year old Ekweremadus’ daughter Sonia, shed tears as she was cleared of the same charge after jurors deliberated for nearly 14 hours.
Reports say that in Britain, it is legal to donate a kidney, but not for financial or material reward. It was the first time organ harvesting conspiracy charges had been brought under the UK’s 2015 Modern Slavery Act. The maximum sentence under the legislation is life imprisonment.
Detective Inspector Esther Richardson, from the Metropolitan Police’s Modern Slavery and Exploitation Command, called it a landmark conviction and thanked the victim for his bravery in coming forward.