Ekweremadu’s daughter Sonia appears in UK court over alleged human trafficking

Ike Ekweremadu's daughter Sonia

Sonia Ekweremadu, daughter of Senator Ike Ekweremadu appeared in court on Monday on allegation of trafficking a homeless man into the United Kingdom to harvest his organs for herself.

She was also accused of conspiracy to arrange the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, reports Daily Mail.

Ms Ekweremadu is facing charges alongside her 60-year-old father, mother Beatrice Ekweremadu, 56, and 50-year-old doctor Obinna Obeta.

Ms Ekweremadu has not entered a plea but a trial date has been set for January 31, 2023.

Prosecutors alleged that she and the others facilitated the man’s travel from Lagos to London to remove one of his kidneys.

The court learnt that Ms Ekweremadu has a kidney-related disease and has been on dialysis for some time.

Ekweremadu and wife were arrested on June 21 after the young man, who previously lived on the streets of Lagos, turned up at Staines Police Station, claiming he was a victim of trafficking.

The man told officers he had arrived in the UK on February 20 this year and had been taken to Royal Free Hospital for tests, none of which he consented to.

The Daily Mail added that after these tests, the man said he had returned to the house he had been staying in, where he was “treated effectively as a slave”.

He said he escaped the address and was homeless for three days before going to the police.