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FLASH: Ike Ekweremadu, Wife Found Guilty Of Organ Trafficking

Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has been found guilty of organ trafficking by a United Kingdom court.

His wife Beatrice and Obinna Obeta, a doctor involved in the case, were also found guilty.

The jury found that they conspired to bring the victim to London to exploit him for his kidney.

The Old Bailey heard the organ was for the couple’s daughter, Sonia, aged 25.

She was cleared of the same charge.

The victim, a street trader from Lagos, was brought to the UK last year to provide a kidney in an £80,000 private transplant at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Ike Ekweremadu and convicted wife

He said he was promised opportunities in the UK for helping, and that he only realised what was going on when he met doctors at the hospital.

While it is lawful to donate a kidney, it becomes criminal if there is a reward of money or other material advantage.

When he was rejected as unsuitable, the court heard the Ekweremadus transferred their interest to Turkey and set about finding another donor.

The Ekweremadus, who have an address in Willesden Green, north-west London, and Dr Obeta, from Southwark, south London, denied the charge against them.

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