Sonia Ekweremadu, daughter of a former Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Ike, on Monday appeared earlier than a court docket in the UK over an accusation of trafficking a homeless man into the UK to reap his organs for herself.
The 25-year-old is accused alongside her father Ike, 60; mom, Beatrice, 56; and 50-year-old physician Obinna Obeta. They’re all charged with conspiracy to rearrange the journey of one other individual with a view to exploitation, Day by day Mail experiences.
It’s alleged they conspired collectively, with others unknown and with one other member of the family Isaac Ekweremadu, to rearrange the journey of a 21-year-old with a view to exploiting him between 1 August 2021 and 5 Might this 12 months.
They facilitated his journey from Lagos to London to take away one among his kidneys, it’s claimed. Sonia has a kidney-related illness and has been on dialysis for a while, the court docket has been advised. Prosecutors declare the plot was to reap the person’s organ for her profit.
They have been arrested after the younger man, who beforehand lived on the streets of Lagos, turned up at Staines police station, claiming he was the sufferer of trafficking. The person advised officers he had arrived within the UK on 20 February this 12 months and had been taken to Royal Free Hospital for exams, none of which he consented to.
After these exams, the person mentioned he had returned to the home he had been staying in, the place he was ‘handled successfully as a slave’. He mentioned he escaped the handle and was homeless for 3 days earlier than going to the police.
Ike, a barrister and former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate, and his spouse Beatrice have been arrested within the UK on 21 June after flying in to Heathrow from Turkey. Ike and Obeta are at present on remand in HMP Wandsworth and HMP Belmarsh respectively. They didn’t seem at court docket at the moment.
Beatrice was granted bail at a listening to in July and appeared in court docket at the moment sporting a black head-wrap and lengthy black coat. Sonia can be on bail and appeared alongside her mom. The defendants have been as a consequence of enter their pleas however this might not happen at the moment due to additional authorized argument.
The trial has been introduced ahead from Might to 31 January subsequent 12 months on the Previous Bailey. The trial will final 4 weeks and a Excessive Courtroom decide will preside over the listening to. The Ekweremadus and Obeta will subsequent seem on the Previous Bailey on 16 December this 12 months.