A Nigerian doctor named Obinna Obeta, 50, residing in the UK has been accused of plotting with former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, to traffic a hom€less man into the UK to h@rvest a kidney for their daughter.
Obinna from Southwark, South London, appeared before the Bexley Magistrate court on Thursday, July 13, and was charged under the Modern Slavery Act with arranging the travel of a 21-year-old man with a view to him being exploited between August last year and this May.
A second charge alleges he conspired with the former Senate President to arrange or facilitate the travel of the man with a view to him being exploited, namely organ h@rvesting.
Prosecutor Tim Probert-Wood had previously told the court that the case involved ‘exploitation and the h@rvesting of an organ.’ The Prosecuting counsel told the court that the Ekweremadus had planned to have David’s kidney removed so it could be given to their daughter.
“The case began on May 5 when the complainant presented himself at Staines Police Station and claimed he had been transported to this country for the purpose of his kidney being removed. He arrived on Feb 20 and was taken to Royal Free Hospital where tests were conducted. For the purpose he was there he did not consent to the taking of his kidney. He described being treated effectively as a sl@ve.” Probert-Wood said
However, counsel to Mr. Ekweremadu, Martin Hicks, QC, insisted that the former Senate President and his wife did no wrong. All three defendants, who are in custody, are due to appear at the Old Bailey on August 4.