Former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice have been found guilty in the organ trafficking case by a court in the United Kingdom.
The 60-year-old and his spouse were convicted in the first verdict of its kind under the Modern Slavery Act after they facilitated the travel of a young man to the UK, which the court saw as an act of exploitation.
According to the jury, Ekweremadu conspired to bring the 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney.
The man in question was offered a reward to become a donor for the senator’s daughter after kidney disease made her drop out of a master’s degree in film at Newcastle University.
In his argument, Prosecutor Hugh Davies told the court that the man and other potential donors were treated as “disposable assets – spare parts for reward”.
Davies added that the Ekweremadus entered an “emotionally cold commercial transaction” with the individual.
The judge in the case, Justice Jeremy Johnson, will pass a sentence at a later time.
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