Former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, wife Beatrice and a medical doctor Obinna Obeta will be sentenced on May 5 following their Thursday conviction by an Old Bailey Court in the United Kingdom, reports Guardian UK.
Justice Jeremy Johnson will pass the sentence on the said date.
The jury found that they criminally conspired to bring a 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney for Ekweremadu’s sick daughter Sonia.
They were convicted in the first verdict of its kind under the Modern Slavery Act.
The court heard that the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was offered an illegal reward to become a donor for Sonia after kidney disease forced her to drop out of a master’s degree in film at Newcastle University.
In February 2022, Ekweremadu was said to have falsely presented the man to a private renal unit at Royal Free hospital in London as Sonia’s cousin in a failed attempt to persuade medics to carry out an £80,000 transplant. For a fee, a medical secretary at the hospital acted as an Igbo translator between the man and the doctors to help try to convince them he was an altruistic donor, the court heard.
The prosecutor Hugh Davies KC told the court that the Ekweremadus and Obeta had treated the man and other potential donors as “disposable assets – spare parts for reward”. He said they entered an “emotionally cold commercial transaction” with the man.
Ekweremadu, wife and Obeta had all pleaded not guilty. Sonia did not give evidence and was not found guilty.