Sonia Ekweremadu, the daughter of embattled former deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu, expressed regret that her parents were convicted when they were trying to find a treatment for her health problem.
In an interview with the BBC on Friday, the Ekweremadu’s daughter made this claim.
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Recall that in March 2023, a UK jury found that Ekweremadu, his wife Beatrice, and a doctor, Obinna Obeta, criminally conspired to bring a 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney.
The young man was said to have been falsely presented as Sonia’s cousin in a failed bid to persuade doctors to carry out an £80,000 private procedure at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
An Old Bailey Court jailed all three of them on Friday.
Ekweremadu was sentenced to nine years and eight months, Beatrice was sentenced to four years and six months in prison, while “middleman” medical doctor Obeta received a 10-year prison term.
However, Sonia, who is currently receiving dialysis and was also tried with her parents, was found not guilty.
Sonia claimed that when the police arrived at their house and explained what they were there for, she and her siblings were taken aback.
Sonia declared that she disagreed with her parents’ conviction.
She said, “I understand the conviction, however, I personally disagree with it. That is from a very bias perspective as their daughter, I will obviously always back my parents.
“However, the law has taken its course, we just need to move on as one family,” she added.
She identified her condition as nephrotic syndrome, a kidney illness that causes an excessive amount of protein to be excreted in the urine.
She said she was not involved in the process when questioned about the man who was meant to donate a kidney to her.
When asked about the man who was supposed to donate his kidney to her, she said she was not involved in the process.
She said, “I didn’t have a hand in it, it was mostly my family that handled everything about my medical side.
“I don’t think things will ever be the same, already I feel guilty, because I feel all these happened because of me,” she added.