The would-be kidney donor, David Nwamini, in the organ trafficking case that sent 60-year-old Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy president of the Senate, to jail for ten years, says he wants to remain and work in the United Kingdom (UK), as his life would be threatened should he return to Nigeria.
Nwamini’s statement was read in court, at the sentencing that saw Ekweremadu’s wife, Beatrice, 56, and the doctor-middleman, Obinna Obeta, 51, bag imprisonment for 4 years and six months, and 10 years, respectively.
As reported earlier by Information Nigeria, the three were found guilty at the Old Bailey of conspiring to arrange the travel of a young man with a view to exploiting him for his body part.
The donor was sourced and brought to the UK by the Ekweremadus’ for their 25-year-old daughter, Sonia, who has a severe kidney disease.
David alleged 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.
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“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.”
According to him, someone visited his father in Nigeria and asked the father to get him to drop the case.
The Ekweremadus were arrested on June 21, 2022 last year as they arrived at Heathrow Airport.