Ekweremadu: 10 Things You Should Know About Nigerian Senator Convicted Of Organ Harvesting
Social media has been agog with mixed reactions as Nigeria’s former Deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has been found guilty of organ trafficking by a United Kingdom court.
Naija News earlier reported that the Nigerian politician and his wife, Beatrice, daughter Sonia, and Obinna Obeta, a doctor involved in the case conspired to bring the victim to London to exploit him for his kidney.
The jury according to the publication, found that Ekwerenmadu and others mentioned were guilty and would face the punishment for their offence.
Below are 10 things you should know about Ike Ekweremadu.
1. Ike Ekeremadu was born on 12 May 1962, at Amachara Mpu in the Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State.
2. Ekweremmadu has served in the Senate since June 2003 and is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
3. In 2005, Ike Ekweremadu was beaten in the race for President of the Senate by Senator Kenechukwu Nnamani.
4. He was the Deputy President of the Senate for three (3) consecutive times (6th, 7th, and 8th).
5. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from the University of Nigeria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987.
6. In September 2003, he was appointed as Vice Chairman of the senate committee on Information.
7. In September 2009, he was appointed to lead the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
8. On 17 August 2019, while attending the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organized by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nuremberg, Ekweremadu was attacked by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB.
9. On 23 June 2022, Ekweremadu was charged alongside his wife, his daughter Sonia, and Dr Obinna Obeta in UK Magistrate’s Court with conspiring to arrange the travel of a 21-year-old from Lagos into the UK in order to harvest organs
10. On 23 March 2023 Ekweremadu, his wife, and Dr Obinna Obeta were convicted of conspiring to exploit the man for his kidney.