Organ harvesting: Ekweremadu denied bail as UK court mulls transferring case to Nigeria

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Ike Ekweremadu

Senator Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy President, and his wife, Beatrice on Thursday appeared before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court in the United Kingdom over organ harvesting charges.

Recall that Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, were recently arrested by the Specialist Crime Team of the Metropolitan Police in London for alleged conspiracy to harvest the organ of a child.

The duo had been in custody since their arrest and subsequent charge to a London court, a situation which had elicited mixed reactions from Nigerians.

The case against the lawmaker has now been adjourned to July 7 at Westminster Magistrate Court to enable the UK Attorney General, Suella Braverman, to determine whether the case will be tried in the country or Nigeria, Channels TV reports.

It was gathered that Ekweremadu was denied bail because he is a powerful man and is considered a flight risk and that the case involved a child and modern slavery.

Meanwhile, the Senate delegation will on Friday visit the former Deputy President of the Senate, in London.

President of Senate Ahmad Lawan assured that the Senate would continue to engage with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigeria High Commissioner in London on the issue to ensure that the senator is given all the necessary support.

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