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‘Organ harvesting’: Doctor charged to UK court for ’plotting’ with Ekweremadu

‘Organ harvesting’: Doctor charged to UK court for ’plotting’ with Ekweremadu
July 23
10:42 2022

Obinna Obeta, a doctor residing in Southwark, south London, has been charged with plotting with Ike Ekweremadu and Beatrice, his wife, to traffic a man into the UK to harvest a kidney for their daughter.

According to Daily Mail, Obeta appeared before Bexley Magistrates’ court on July 13 and is charged under the modern slavery act with arranging the travel of a 21-year-old man between August 2021 and May 2022 with a view to exploit him.

A second charge alleges he conspired with the Ekweremadus to facilitate the travel of the man with a view to exploit him by harvesting his organ.

Ekweremadu, former deputy senate president, and his wife are facing charges bordering on conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.

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According to a letter seen by TheCable, Ekweremadu had written to the UK high commission to support the visa application of a “kidney donor” for his daughter, Sonia.

The prosecutor had insisted that David Ukpo, the donor, was a minor, though he was listed as 21 years old on his passport and the Bank Verification Number (BVN) portal.

A court had ordered the Nigerian authorities to release the biodata of the said organ donor to form part of Ekweremadu’s defence at the Westminster magistrates’ court.

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The Westminster magistrates’ court in the UK ruled that Ukpo is not a minor after the counsel to the Ekweremadus made an argument on the matter.

The defendants’ lawyers informed the court of a bail application they intend to file in the first week of August.

All three defendants, who are in custody, are due to appear at the Old Bailey on August 4.

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