Former Deputy Senate President ,Ike Ekweremadu , his wife, Beatrice and their Doctor, Obinna Obeta had been sentenced for organ trafficking plot.
The Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, United Kingdom (UK) sentenced Senator Ekweremadu to 9 years and 8 months jail term, his wife, Beatrice, 4 years and 6 months jail term and their Doctor, Obinna Obeta,10 years term with his medical license suspended.
The trio were found guilty in March for facilitating the travel of a 21-year-old Nigerian youth to United Kingdom, UK for him to donate his kidney to Sonnia, Ekweremadu’s daughter who is sick and needed kidney transplant.
The UK court at the sentencing hearing on Friday, jailed Ekweremadu for nine years and eight months, his wife Beatrice was sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment while Obeta received a 10-year prison term, with his medical licence also suspended.
The sentencing follows their conviction in March for organ trafficking. However, the Ekweremadus’ sick daughter, Sonia, was cleared of any wrongdoing.
The three were found guilty after arranging or facilitating a young Nigerian man’s travel into the United Kingdom in a bid to obtain his kidney on behalf of Sonia.
The jury said Ekweremadu, his wife and their doctor criminally conspired to bring the 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney.