David Nwamini, the prospective kidney donor involved in the organ trafficking case that resulted in the imprisonment of Senator Ike Ekweremadu, 60, stated he preferred to remain and continue his employment in the UK since “they could arrest me or kill him in Nigeria.”
His impact statement was read in court, at the sentencing that saw Ekweremadu, his wife, Beatrice, 56, and the doctor-middleman, Obinna Obeta, 51, jailed, 10 years and 8 months, 4 years and six months, and 10 years, respectively.
At the Old Bailey, the three were found guilty of arranging to set up a young man’s travel in order to use him for a body part.
Sonia, the 25-year-old daughter of the Ekweremadus, suffers from a serious renal condition. The donor was found and brought to the UK just for her.
According to David, he was approached with an opportunity to work in the UK, which he had always dreamed of but never thought would happen.
“He (Dr Obina Obeta) did not tell me he brought me here for this reason. He did not tell me anything about this.
“I would have not agreed to any of this. My body is not for sale.
“I worry for my safety in Nigeria. Those people can do anything. I think they could arrest me or kill me in Nigeria.
“My plan now is to work and to get an education and to play football,” David said, adding that he does not want to claim compensation from the “bad people” as it would be “cursed and bad luck”.
He also said someone visited his father in Nigeria and asked the father to get him to drop the case.
While it is legal to donate a kidney, doing so for a reward is against the law.
On June 21 of last year, the Ekweremadu were detained as they entered Heathrow Airport.
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