Former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has been sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison by the United Kingdom Court for his involvement in an organ trafficking plot. Along with him, his wife Beatrice has been sentenced to four years and six months. The medical doctor who acted as a middleman in the plot, Dr Obinna Obeta, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison with his medical license suspended.
The United Kingdom Court's decision comes as a strong message against organ trafficking, which is a serious crime. The involvement of a former Deputy Senate President in such a heinous act is a matter of great concern. The sentences handed down to the accused reflect the severity of their crime and will hopefully serve as a deterrent to others who may consider engaging in similar activities.
The sentencing of the accused is a reminder that no one is above the law, regardless of their social or political status. The United Kingdom Court has shown that it will not tolerate any form of criminal activity, and that those who engage in such activities will be held accountable for their actions. The sentences handed down to the accused are a testament to the UK's commitment to upholding the rule of law and ensuring that justice is served.
Recall that, Ekweremadu, a former Nigerian deputy Senate president with his wife, and their doctor Obinna Obeta were found culpable of violating the Modern Slavery Act.
The court found the trio guilty of facilitating the travel of a young man to Britain with a view to his exploitation after a six-week trial at the Old Bailey.
The organ donor had been offered an illegal reward to become a donor for the senator’s daughter after kidney disease forced her to drop out of a master’s degree in film at Newcastle University, the court heard.
Source: The Nations Newspaper
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