Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy senate president has been brought before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court, UK, in continuation of his trial on alleged organ harvesting.
A week ago, Mr Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested by the London Metropolitan Police for allegedly bringing a minor to the UK for organ harvesting.
The UK police had said the alleged donor, later identified as Ukpo Nwamini David, was 15 years old, but his passport data page issued by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) showed the organ donor was born on October 12, 2000.
During the proceedings on Thursday, the Nigerian lawmaker was docked where he confirmed his name and date of birth, according to a Channels Television report.
The prosecutor said bail cannot be applied to Mr 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 court adjourned to July 7 and transferred the case to the Westminster Magistrate Court to allow Suella Braverman, UK attorney-general, to determine whether the case can be tried in Nigeria or UK.
Meanwhile, in solidarity with their colleague, the National Assembly leadership has started working on using bilateral arrangements and networks to set Mr Ekweremadu and his wife free.
On Wednesday, Ahmad Lawan, senate president, announced the decision of the senate to send a delegation to the UK to meet with the lawmaker 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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