A NIGERIAN doctor residing in Southwark, South London, Obinna Obeta, has been linked to the alleged conspiracy by a former Deputy Senate President of the Nigerian Senate Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Neanneka, to harvest the organ of a 21-year-old man trafficked to the United Kingdom (UK).
Obeta, 50, was charged under the Modern Slavery Act with arranging the travel of one Ukpo Nwamini David between August last year and this May, for the purpose of exploiting him.
Prosecutors claimed David did not know that he was taken to London for the purpose of donating his kidney to one of the daughters of the Ekweremadus, Sonia.
However, counsel to Ike Ekweremadu, Martin Hicks, insisted that the former Deputy Senate President and his wife did no wrong.
“We deny that there was any exploitation or any intent to do so. The argument will be factual denial,” Hicks said.
All three defendants, who are remanded in custody, are due to appear at the Old Bailey on August 4.