According to evidence presented in court on Friday, 22nd July, a Nigerian doctor identified as Obinna Obeta has been accused of conspiring with former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife of bringing a homeless boy into the UK to harvest his kidney for their daughter.
The 50-year-old doctor, from Southwark, South London, is charged under the Modern Slavery Act with arranging the travel of a 21-year-old man with a view of being exploited between August 2021 and May this year.
A second charge alleges he conspired with Ekweremadu to facilitate the travel of the man to use him for organ harvesting.
Recall that the Ekweremadus are being tried in the UK on charges of organ harvesting after a 21-year-old man, David Ukpo, they brought to the UK approached the police with claims of being treated as a slave and also claiming that he was 15-year-old.
It was later discovered that David lied about his age as the biodata on his Nigerian bank accounts and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) indicated he was 21-year-old.
The court had previously received a report from prosecutor Tim Probert-Wood that the case entailed exploitation and the harvesting of an organ.
According to the prosecuting counsel, the Ekweremadus intended to have David’s kidney removed so they could donate it to their daughter.
However, counsel to Ekweremadu, Martin Hicks, QC, insisted that the former Senate President and his wife did no wrong.
DailyMail reports that all the three defendants, who are in custody, would appear at the Old Bailey on August 4.