Daughter to the federal lawmaker, Ike Ekweremadu,Sonia Ekweremadu had on Monday appeared in court over the accusation of human trafficking in United Kingdom.
She had trafficked a homeless man to harvest his organs for herself and was accused alongside her father Ike Ekweremadu, 60, her mother Beatrice Ekweremadu, 56, and 50-year-old doctor Obinna Obeta of conspiracy to arrange the travel of another person with a view to exploitation
Sonia and the accused eased the man’s travel from Lagos to London to remove one of his kidneys . Although,she has not entered a plea but a trial date has been set for January 31, 2023.
Prosecutors claim the plot was to harvest the man’s organ for Sonia’s benefit.Sonia ,her parents and the doctor got arrested after the young man, who previously lived on the streets of Lagos, turned up at Staines police station, claiming he was the victim of trafficking.
According to him, he had arrived in the UK on February 20 this year and had been taken to Royal Free Hospital for tests, none of which he agreed to.After these tests, the man added that he had returned to the house he had been staying in, where he was ‘treated effectively as a slave’.
He however fled from the house, making him homeless for three days before going to the police.Ike, a barrister and former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate, and his wife Beatrice, were arrested in the UK on June 21 after flying in to Heathrow from Turkey.
Sonia has a kidney-related disease and has been on dialysis for some time.