Nigerian senator, his wife, and London doctor accused of plotting to harvest man’s organs in UK


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A rich Nigerian politician, his spouse and a London physician face a provisional trial subsequent May on fees linked to an alleged organ-harvesting plot.

Ike Ekweremadu, 60, a lawyer and district senator for the People’s Democratic Party in Nigeria, his spouse, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, an accountant, and Obinna Obeta, 50, a health care provider, are accused of the organ-harvesting plot after allegedly taking the person off the streets of Lagos, Nigeria.

Prosecutors declare they deliberate to have his kidney eliminated on the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north west London, so it could possibly be given to their daughter who suffers from kidney failure.

The man is claimed to have refused to consent to the process after present process checks. 

The Ekweremadus, from Willesden Green, north-west London, allegedly handled him as a slave earlier than he ‘escaped’ and went to Staines police station in Surrey.

The alleged offences are stated to have taken place between between August 1 final 12 months and May 5. 

Wealthy Nigerian politician Ike Ekweremadu, 60, his wife, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55 (pictured together) and London doctor Obinna Obeta, 50, face a provisional trial next May on charges linked to an alleged organ-harvesting plot

Wealthy Nigerian politician Ike Ekweremadu, 60, his spouse, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55 (pictured collectively) and London physician Obinna Obeta, 50, face a provisional trial subsequent May on fees linked to an alleged organ-harvesting plot

The couple had been arrested at Heathrow Airport on June 21 after arriving on a flight from Turkey.

Ike Ekweremadu and Obinna Obeta, from Southwark, south London, are charged with conspiring to rearrange or facilitate the journey of a person with a view to him being exploited.

Mrs Ekweremadu and Obeta are charged with arranging the journey of the person with a view to him being exploited.

On Thursday, Mrs Ekweremadu, who’s on bail, appeared on the Old Bailey for a plea and instructions listening to, with Ekweremadu and Obeta additionally attending by video hyperlink from Wandsworth and Belmarsh prisons.

The defendants weren’t requested to enter pleas through the listening to and spoke solely to verify their identities.

Judge Richard Marks QC stated the case can be heard by a High Court decide.

The trio are accused of the organ-harvesting plot after allegedly taking the man off the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. Pictured, Ike Ekweremadu, 60, a lawyer and district senator for the People's Democratic Party in Nigeria

The trio are accused of the organ-harvesting plot after allegedly taking the person off the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. Pictured, Ike Ekweremadu, 60, a lawyer and district senator for the People’s Democratic Party in Nigeria

He recognized a provisional trial from May 2 subsequent 12 months with an estimated size of three to 4 weeks.

An additional plea and case administration listening to was rescheduled for October 31.

The decide granted Mrs Ekweremadu continued conditional bail and remanded the male defendants into custody.

Prosecutor Tim Probert-Wood stated beforehand that the case concerned ‘exploitation and the harvesting of an organ.’

He stated: ‘The case began on 5 May 2022 when the complainant presented himself at Staines Police Station and claimed he had been transported to this country for the purpose of his kidney being removed.

Prosecutors claim they planned to have his kidney removed at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north west London, so it could be given to their daughter who suffers from kidney failure. The Ekweremadus (pictured), from Willesden Green, north-west London, allegedly treated him as a slave before he 'escaped' and went to Staines police station in Surrey

Prosecutors claim they planned to have his kidney removed at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north west London, so it could be given to their daughter who suffers from kidney failure. The Ekweremadus (pictured), from Willesden Green, north-west London, allegedly treated him as a slave before he ‘escaped’ and went to Staines police station in Surrey

‘He arrived on 20th February 2022 and was taken to Royal Free Hospital where tests were conducted.

‘For the purpose he was there he did not consent to the taking of his kidney.

‘He returned to the house he was staying and his treatment changed dramatically.

‘He described being treated effectively as a slave.’

Martin Hicks, QC, defending Ike, has stated: ‘We deny that there was any exploitation or any intent to do so.

‘The argument will be factual denial.’