Ike Ekweremadu sentenced

Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has been sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison for organ trafficking by the Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, UK.

His wife, Beatrice, was sentenced to four years and six months in prison, while the doctor who assisted the couple in the crime, Dr. Obinna Obeta, received a ten-year sentence.

Ike Ekweremadu sentenced

After a six-week trial, the trio were on Thursday, March 23, found guilty of arranging the travel of a young trader to Britain with the goal of exploiting him of his kidney.

The trio had conspired to bring the 21-year-old man to London to harvest his organ to save their daughter, Sonia, who is battling with a terminal ailment.

Organ trafficking is a huge crime under the United Kingdom Modern Slavery act 2015. Their verdict is the first of its kind in the UK.

In other news, a 60-year-old Nigerian bus driver, Olisofa Popoola, was on Monday March 20 2023 arraigned in a UK court over the death of a pedestrian in London.

Popoola was driving an electric 507 single decker bus when he crashed into another bus outside Victoria Station in London, causing the death of 32-year-old Melissa Burr.

The tragic crash happened around 8.25am on 10 August 2021, when Burr, from Rainham, Kent, was crossing the road with two colleagues.

Following the crash, Popoola told the police, “My foot slipped off the brake and onto the accelerator and I have collided with the bus in front.”

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