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Ekweremadu Appears Before UK Court

Deputy Senate President Ekweremadu

Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy senate president has appeared before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court, UK, on Thursday, for his trial on alleged organ harvesting.

Gatekeepers News earlier reported that the London Metropolitan Police arrested and charged Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice for allegedly bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting.

The UK police had alleged that the donor who was later identified as David Ukpo, was 15 years old.

However, his passport data page, National Identity Number (NIN) data showed he was born on October 12, 2000, indicating Ukpo is 21.

Channels Television reported that Ekweremadu while in the dock during the proceedings on Thursday, was asked to confirm his name and date of birth.

The prosecutor insisted that bail cannot be applied to Ekweremadu, because he is a “powerful” man who is a flight risk while insisting that the “organ donor” in question is a 15-year-old boy.

The case was again adjourned to July 7 and transferred to the Westminster Magistrate Court to UK Attorney-General Suella Braverman to determine whether the case can be tried in Nigeria or UK.

On Wednesday, Senate President Ahmad Lawan had said the senate will dispatch a delegation to the UK to see Ekweremadu and his wife.

“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,” Lawan had said.

“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.”

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