Sick Sonia Ekweremadu charged with trafficking David Ukpo to UK to harvest his organs

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Sonia Ekweremadu, daughter of a Nigerian senator, appeared in court on Monday, November 7, 2022.

The Senator, Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and his wife, Beatrice Ekweremadu, 56, are facing a trial at the Old Bailey for trafficking an alleged homeless man into the UK to harvest his organs.

Charged alongside the trio is the doctor, Obinna Obeta. The four are facing conspiracy to traffick another person with a view to exploitation contrary to the Criminal law act 1977.

The offense was committed between August 1, 2021, to May 5, 2022.

Sonia Ekweremadu and Obinna Obeta
Sonia Ekweremadu and Obinna Obeta

According to the charge sheet, Ekeremadu, his wife Beatrice, daughter Sonia, and the doctor connived with another family member, Isaac Ekweremadu, to transit a 21-year-old man from Lagos to harvest his kidney for their sick daughter, Sonia.

Sonia was on dialysis after her diagnosis of rare kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, in 2019.

In September, Sonia posted on her Instagram, "I am 25 years old and a graduate of Media and Communications, University of Coventry.

"I dropped out of my postgraduate studies at the University of Newcastle in 2019 when I was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease, FSGS Nephrotic Syndrome. My family has battled to save my life and has taken me to various hospitals to various hospitals, but the illness persisted and kept degenerating. I am alive today by the special grace of God. I am presently in London, UK, receiving 5 Hours of dialysis 3-4 times a week. This is at the expense of my family as I am not qualified for NHS due to my immigration status.

"The last 3 years have been extremely challenging. The charges being faced by my parents in London presently, are directly connected to my illness and have complicated matter for me and my family. I do not intend to delve into details of this unfortunate development as the matter is still in Court. I am, however, optimistic that the truth will prevail, and it will end in praise to God."

The family and the doctor were arrested after the alleged victim told the police in Staines, North-west Surrey, that he was a victim of organ trafficking.

Ike Ekweremadu and Beatrice Ekweremadu
Ike Ekweremadu and Beatrice Ekweremadu

Ekweremadu brought David Ukpo to the UK on February 20 and was taken to London's Royal Free hospital for tests.

David claimed he never consented to tests and donating his organs.

He alleged that when he refused to allow medics to take his kidney, he was taken back to the house, where he was eventually maltreated.

The man told the police that he had escaped and lived on the street in London for three days.

The couple was arrested at Heathrow Airport on their way from Turkey.

Mr. Ekweremadu, the former deputy senate President in Nigeria, and his doctor, Obeta, remain in custody while Sonia and Beatrice were granted bail.

Judge Mark Lucraft set the next hearing for December 16, and the defendant's trial was brought forward from May to January 31.

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