A doctor from Southwark, London, named Obinna Obeta, has been charged for conspiring with Nigerian lawmaker, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice, to smuggle a man into the UK, so they could harvest his kidney for their daughter.
Dr. Obeta appeared before Bexley Magistrates’ court on July 13 and was charged under the modern slavery act with organising the trip of a 21-year-old male between August 2021 and May 2022 with the intention of exploitation, according to Daily Mail.
The second charge alleged that Dr. Obeta and the Ekweremadus allegedly plan to arrange the man’s flight in order to take advantage of him by harvesting his organ.
The former deputy senate president and his wife are accused of conspiring to set up / aid another person’s journey for the purpose of exploitation, namely organ harvesting.
Ekweremadu had earlier written a letter to the UK high commission to support a visa application for the “kidney donor” of his daughter, Sonia.
Despite the donor being recorded as 21-years-old on both his passport and the Bank Verification Number (BVN) site, the prosecution had argued that the donor, David Ukpo, was a minor.
A court had earlier ordered the release of the aforementioned organ donor’s bio-data by the Nigerian government so as to enable Ekweremadu to use it in his defense in front of the Westminster magistrates’ court.
Following an argument between the Ekweremadus’ attorney and the court, the Westminster magistrates’ court in the UK ruled that Ukpo is not a minor.
The defense attorneys for the defendants notified the court that they will be submitting a bail application during the first week of August.
After the attorney for the Ekweremadus argued on the case, the Westminster magistrates’ court in the UK decided that Ukpo is not a juvenile.
Defense attorneys for the defendants notified the court that a bail application will be submitted during the first week of August.
The three defendants, who are currently in custody, are scheduled to appear at Old Bailey on August 4.
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