Organ Transfficking; Ekweremadu’s daughter and wife Appear in court today.
Ike Ekweremadu’s daughter appeared in a UK court today, November 7, to answer allegations that she trafficked a homeless man into the country to harvest his organs for herself.
Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, were arrested in June of this year and are currently on trial alongside their doctor, Obinna Obeta, for conspiracy to arrange the travel of another person in order to exploit and harvest his organs.
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It is alleged that they conspired with unknown others and another family member, Isaac Ekweremadu, to arrange the travel of a 21-year-old man named David Ukpo Nwamini, with the intention of exploiting him between 1 August 2021 and 5 May this year.
They are accused of facilitating his travel from Lagos to London in order to remove one of his kidneys and donate it to their daughter, Sonia, who has a kidney disease and has been on dialysis for some time.
The prosecutors claimed in court today that the plot was to harvest Nwamini’s organ for Sonia’s benefit.
The prosecutors told the court that the Ekweremadus and their doctor were arrested after the young man, who previously lived on the streets of Lagos, turned up at Staines police station, claiming he was the victim of trafficking.
Prosecutors claim Nwamini told police officers he had arrived in the UK on 20 February this year and had been taken to Royal Free Hospital for tests, none of which he consented to. After these tests, Nwamini said he had returned to the house he had been staying in, where he was ‘treated effectively as a slave’. Prosecutors claim he escaped the address and was homeless for three days before going to the police.
Mr. Ekweremadu and his doctor are currently on remand in HMP Wandsworth and HMP Belmarsh respectively. They did not appear at court today. Mrs Ekweremadu was granted bail at a hearing in July and appeared in court today alongside Sonia.