The daughter of a Nigerian politician has denied being involved in an alleged organ-harvesting plot.

Sonia Ekweremadu, from Willesden Green, is said to have been the intended recipient of a kidney transplant in an alleged international conspiracy involving her parents and another man.

At the Old Bailey on Friday (January 13), the 25-year-old pleaded not guilty to conspiring to arrange or facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation between August 1, 2021, and May 5 2022.

The alleged plan involved bringing a man from Nigeria to the UK to have his kidney removed.

Ekweremadu’s parents – Ike and Beatrice – were arrested at Heathrow Airport last June 2021 after arriving on a flight from Turkey.

They were charged in connection with the case alongside another man Obinna Obeta, 51, from Southwark.


Mr Ekweremadu, a district senator and lawyer, was not present for the pre-trial hearing at the Old Bailey.

Obeta was also not present.

Sonia Ekweremadu entered her not guilty plea in the dock beside her mother.

The defendants are due to face a seven-week trial at the Old Bailey from January 31.

The female defendants are on bail and the male defendants are in custody.