Ekweremadu: Donor, not Juvenile
The kidney donor in the case of former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, was acknowledged by the West Minister Magistrates Court in the United Kingdom on Thursday as not being a juvenile.
The British police arrested Ekweremadu and his wife on June 23 on allegations of human trafficking and organ harvesting that violate the country’s Modern Slavery Act.
The victim, a 15-year-old boy, was allegedly the target of a conspiracy by the politician to bring the child to the UK for organ harvesting.
During the continuation of the case, the prosecution accepted that he is 21 years old, contrary to earlier claims that he is 15 years old.
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) was recently directed by the Federal High Court Abuja to send the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the biodata information of an accused minor to the Attorney General of the Federation for further transfer to the UK to support Ekweremadu’s trial.
On July 27, the lawmaker’s attorney, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, requested that Justice Inyang Ekwo order the release of specific official documents of Ukpo domiciled with the Nigerian Immigration Service, the Nigerian Medical Corporation, and the Stanbic-IBTC Bank to defend Ekweremadu in the UK successfully.
Ekweremadu and his wife have pleaded not guilty to the charges of human trafficking and organ harvesting. The court has fixed August 4 as the date for the next hearing.