A Nigerian politician has been found guilty of organ trafficking in Britain in the first case of its kind.
Senator Ike Ekweremadu, 60, wife Beatrice, 56, and ‘middleman’ Dr Obinna Obeta, 50, were all found guilty of conspiring to exploit a young man from Lagos for an organ.
It is the first time defendants have been convicted under the Modern Slavery Act of an organ harvesting conspiracy.
Their daughter Sonia burst out in tears as the jury, which deliberated for nearly 14 hours, cleared her of the same charge.
Ekweremadu and Co. criminally conspired to bring the 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney, the jury found, according to UK Guardian.
The prosecutor Hugh Davies KC told the court 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.
The behaviour of Ekweremadu, a successful lawyer and founder of an anti-poverty charity who helped draw up Nigeria’s laws against organ trafficking, showed “entitlement, dishonesty and hypocrisy”, Davies told the jury.
At last big man power has failed the invincible lords that bestride our nation. Hope others will learn from this. But I don’t hold my breath.
THIS IS A TRAVESTY OF BOTH JUSTICE AND THE PROCESS. A FACE-SAVING SCHEME FOR THE MUCH APPRAISED AND OVERRATED OVER REGARDED GLORIFIED JUDICIAL SYSTEM OF THE English.
The RECEIVER of the proceeds and the purported GIVER or merchandise hawker of the whare were both exonerated.
THESE PEOPLE WHO CLAIMED CIVILIZATION ABOVE OTHERS ARE TOO MEAN AND UNJUST.
When two important and consequential elements in a case are out of the woods of justice tells a lot about the entire system and process.
THE Ekweremadus did nothing wrong to have sought existence for their daughter, with a life saving measure and or any for that matter. What is organ harvesting in what was duly documented with the embassy of the UK?
THIS MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE MUST NOT BE THE END OF THE CHARADE IN London OR WHEREVER IN THE UK.
STFU asshole…yenyenyenyen!! Shameless psycophant!!
U think UK is Nigeria where judges sell Justice to the highest bidders?
You lie!! The Ekweramadus must serve their jail term!!
This is the the best news item to have come out of Nigeria in a long while. I wish Ekweremadu and his wife, a has prison holiday season in the UK.
It is a pity. May God help the Ekweremadus