A wealthy Nigerian couple have become the first people in the UK to be convicted of human trafficking for the purpose of organ harvesting.
Nigerian senator trafficked man to UK to harvest kidney
A wealthy Nigerian politician and his wife have been convicted of trafficking a street trader from Lagos to the UK to illegally harvest his kidney for a transplant for their seriously-ill daughter.
Prosecutors said Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and his wife Beatrice, 56, had brought the man to London in February last year with the offer of a few thousand dollars for his organ and the promise of work in Britain.
Ekweremadu, an opposition senator in the southern Nigerian state of Enugu and also a former deputy senate president, and his wife were significant figures in Nigerian society with power, influence, a “significant degree of wealth”, London’s Old Bailey court was told.
They were convicted of conspiracy to arrange the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, along with a Nigerian doctor, Obinna Obeta, 51, who was described by prosecutors as a middle man.