Nigerian lawmaker, Ike Ekweremadu appears before UK court over organ harvesting charges
Senator Ike Ekweremadu, former Senate President, appeared today, June 30, at Uxbridge Magistrate Court in the United Kingdom UK on charges of organ harvesting.
According to the prosecutor, David Ukpo, who said he was compelled to donate his kidney to the Senator’s daughter, is 15 years old.
The case has been adjourned at Westminster Magistrate Court until July 7 to allow the UK Attorney General, Suella Braverman, to decide whether it should be heard in the UK or in Nigeria.
On June 29, the Nigerian Senate said that it will send a delegation to see Ike Ekweremadu and his wife.
On Wednesday, the Senate had said it was sending a delegation to visit Ike Ekweremadu and his wife.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan said this after a closed-door session of the lawmakers in Abuja. He explained that members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs will be traveling to the UK soon.
“There will be a delegation to London to see Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife. A delegation from the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Senate will leave in the next two days for London for that purpose,” Lawan said.
“I want to urge all federal government institutions that can do anything to ensure that justice prevails in this case, that they do so.”
He also said the Nigerian High Commission has engaged the services of lawyers in the UK to defend Senator Ekweremadu.
“I had a personal engagement with our Nigerian High Commissioner to Britain, Alhaji Isola Sarafa, who has done so well to establish contact with our colleague, who has been able to get his team to be in the court at Uxbridge where Ekweremadu was taken to,” Lawan added
“The high Commission has also been able to provide some consular services that include the engagement of some lawyers who will defend our colleague.
“We commend them for giving attention to the issue at stake. Equally, the Nigeria Foreign Affairs Minister has been engaged here, so that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes steps to provide diplomatic support for our colleague.
“Because this issue is already in court, we have limited opportunity to discuss beyond what we have done so far.
“But I want to ensure the family of our colleague, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and Nigerians, that the Senate will continue to engage with our ministry of foreign affairs as well as our high commission in London. The High Commission has done so much but we still expect that it will continue to provide any other further consular services.”