Sonia, Daughter of Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed guilt over the sentencing of her parents in an organ-harvesting plot suit in the United Kingdom on Friday.
Ekweremadu, a former Deputy Senate President, was on Friday sentenced to nine years and eight months imprisonment by a United Kingdom court, while his wife, Beatrice, was sentenced to four years and six months in jail for plotting to harvest a man’s kidney.
Dr Obinna Obeta, a medical doctor who was regarded as the third accomplice was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
The couple, aged 60 and 56 respectively wanted a new kidney for their 25-year-old daughter, Sonia.
Sonia in an interview with the BBV on Friday after the court judgement, expressed guilt over the whole situation.
She said, “I don’t think it will ever be the same again. And obviously, I feel guilty because I feel like all these have happened because of me.”
Commenting on how her parents have handled their current reality, the 25-year-old who admitted that she can’t speak about what they truly feel, said they are “quite calm”.
She added, “They are quite calm, surprisingly. But I can’t really speak about what they are feeling. This is just from an outside perspective of me seeing them. They are okay, they are just neutral.”
On what she has learnt over the whole saga, Sonia said, “Life is just some dynamic. Like you’re one day in your house chilling and the next day your whole life is turned around, upside down.”
Speaking further on the court judgement, she added, “It’s sad. It’s been really hard to wrap my head around it. I understand the conviction. Personally, I disagree with it; however, that’s from a very biased perspective as their daughter, and I would obviously back my parents.
“However, the law has taken its course, and we just have to now move forward as a family.”
Asked about what she would be doing next, Sonia said, “My main focus is to try to help, specifically people with kidney conditions. This is just to show them they don’t need to be scared.
“I will continue to support my parents and siblings as well.”
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