UK Court Remands Ike Ekweremadu in Prison until October 31
UK Court Remands Ike Ekweremadu in Prison until October 31: A United Kingdom-based court has on Thursday, adjourned the trafficking case against Nigeria’s former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu.
The court remanded the high-ranking ex-senator in custody until October 31st, the next adjourned date.
Ekweremadu, who is the lawmaker representing Enugu West Senatorial district, and his wife, Beatrice, are facing allegations of organ harvesting.
His wife was granted bail last week.
The PUNCH had reported that Ike was charged by the UK Metropolitan Police with conspiracy to facilitate the travel of another person for organ harvesting.
It is alleged Ike, 60, and his wife, Beatrice, 55, brought the 21-year-old man from Nigeria to the UK.
Prosecutors claim they planned to have his kidney removed so it could be given to their daughter.
“The position is that I have granted bail to Beatrice subject to some fairly stringent conditions but I have refused bail to Ike,” Daily Mail quoted the Common Serjeant of London, judge Richard Marks, to have ruled.
Prosecutors are not appealing the decision, the court heard.
Prosecutor Tim Probert-Wood said previously that the case involved ‘exploitation and the harvesting of an organ.’
The PUNCH reported that a United Kingdom-based doctor was accused of conniving with EkweremaduUnited Kingdom-based doctor was accused of conniving with Ekweremadu, and his wife to traffic a homeless man into the UK to harvest his kidney for their daughter.
The doctor, Obinna Obeta, 50, from Southwark, south London, is charged under the Modern Slavery Act.
Obeta, who appeared at Bexley Magistrates’ Court on 13 July, is charged with arranging the travel of 21-year-old Davi Ukpo from Nigeria to the UK.
He is also accused of conspiring with the lawmaker to arrange or facilitate the travel of the man with a view to him being exploited through organ harvesting.