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Sen. Ike Ekweremadu
Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy senate president, has appeared before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court, UK, for his trial on alleged organ harvesting.
Last week, the London Metropolitan Police arrested and charged Ekweremadu and his wife for allegedly bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting.
The UK police had said the alleged donor, later identified as Ukpo Nwamini David, was 15 years old, but his passport data page showed he was born on October 12, 2000.
During the proceedings on Thursday, revealed reports, Ekweremadu was in the dock where he confirmed his name and date of birth.
The prosecutor said bail could not be applied to Ekweremadu, because he was a “powerful” man who is a flight risk while insisting that the “organ donor” in question was a 15-year-old boy.
The case was again adjourned to July 7, and transferred to the Westminster Magistrate Court — to allow Suella Braverman, UK attorney-general, to determine whether the case could be tried in Nigeria or UK.
Ahmad Lawan, senate president, on Wednesday, had said the senate would dispatch a delegation to the UK to see Ekweremadu and his wife.
Said Lawan: “The high commission has done so much but we still expect that it will continue to provide consular service. And we have also mandated our committee on foreign affairs to engage with the British commission here in Nigeria to find more details on this case as far as the high delegation is involved.
“There will be a delegation to London to see the former deputy senate president. A delegation from the senate committee on foreign affairs will leave in the next two days to London for that purpose”.