Court convicts Ekweremadu, wife, others

Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, his 56-year-old spouse Beatrice, and Dr. Obinna Obeta, 51, were convicted of conspiring to exploit David Nwamini.

They will be sentenced on May 5 and could face up to 10 years in jail.

Sonia, the 25-year-old daughter of the former senator, burst into tears yesterday after her parents were convicted by a British court.

The trio was found guilty by the United Kingdom (UK) Magistrate’s Court of trafficking Nwamini from Nigeria to Britain to provide a kidney for Ekweremadu’s 25-year-old daughter, Sonia, a statement from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said yesterday.

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

After the convictions, Chief Crown Prosecutor Joanne Jakymec described the conspiracy as a horrific plot.

She said: “This was a horrific plot to exploit a vulnerable victim by trafficking him to the UK to transplant his kidney.

“The convicted defendants showed utter disregard for the victim’s welfare, health, and well-being and used their considerable influence to a high degree of control throughout, with the victim having a limited understanding of what was going on here.”

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