A UK court today, Friday 5 May, sentenced former Nigerian Senate Vice President, Ike Ekweremadu, to 9 years and 8 months in prison at the Old Baily in London under modern slavery.
The ruling is the first of its kind under the Modern Slavery Act.
“People-trafficking of human organs is a form of slavery. “It treats human beings and their body parts as commodities to be bought and sold. “It is a trade that preys on poverty, misery and desperation.”
Recall that Ekweremadu, his wife Beatrice, and lawyer Obeta were found guilty of conspiring to organize the trip of a young Nigerian identified as David Nwamini to the UK to exploit him for his kidney.
The organ was needed for Ekweremadu’s ailing daughter, Sonia.
Their trial lasted six weeks and sentencing at the Old Bailey, London’s central criminal court, is scheduled for today.
Meanwhile, prosecutor Hugh Davies told the jury that Ekweremadu’s conduct showed “self-interest, dishonesty, and hypocrisy”.
Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, have denied the allegations. They denied any knowledge of the alleged conspiracy.
BREAKING: Ike Ekweremadu has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, after being found guilty of an organ harvesting plot.
His wife Beatrice has been sentenced to 6 years pic.twitter.com/nleCgqMR5B
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