BY MAYOWA SAMUEL
Daughter of Ike Ekweremadu has denied trafficking a homeless man into the United Kingdom to harvest his kidney.
Sonia Ekweremadu, 25, is being charged alongside her father Ike, 60, her mother, Beatrice, 56, and Doctor Obinna Obeta, 50.
Ike, Beatrice and Obeta denied conspiracy to arrange the travel of another person with a view to exploitation at the Old Bailey on December 20, while Sonia pleaded not guilty on Friday.
It is alleged they conspired together, with others and another family member Isaac Ekweremadu who remains in Nigeria, to arrange the travel of a 21-year-old man with a view to exploiting him between August 1, 2021 and May 5, 2022.
The group arranged his travel from Lagos to London to remove one of his kidneys for Sonia, who has a kidney-related disease, it is claimed.
Ike and Beatrice Ekweremadu were arrested after the young man, who previously lived on the streets of Lagos, claimed he was the victim of trafficking at Staines police station.
The man told officers that after he arrived in the UK, he was taken to Royal Free Hospital for tests, none of which he consented to.
After the tests, the man said he returned to the house he was staying in, where he was ‘treated effectively as a slave.’
He said he escaped the address and was homeless for three days before going to the police.
The trial is scheduled to begin at the Old Bailey on January 31 before High Court Justice Adam Johnson.
The lawyer and former deputy president of the Senate, along with his wife Beatrice were arrested in the UK on June 21, 2022 after flying to Heathrow from Turkey.
Ike and Obeta are in custody in HMP Wandsworth and HMP Belmarsh respectively, while Beatrice and Sonia are both on bail.