August 7, 2022

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The alleged organ harvesting case involving former Senate Deputy President Ike Ekweremadu has been adjourned by the Central Criminal Court in the United Kingdom.

The judge in charge of the case will hear pretrial applications on October 31, but the trial will begin in full on May 2, 2023.

The former deputy senate president and his wife, Beatrice, are charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the travel of another person for the purpose of exploitation, specifically organ harvesting. The couple was arrested by the London Metropolitan Police in June and appeared in court in July.

On July 22, Ekweremadu’s wife was granted bail.

Yesterday in court, the senator representing Enugu West requested that a new lawyer represent him. The police claimed that David Ukpo, the reported victim at the center of the organ harvesting allegation, is 15, but the court determined that he is 21.

According to reports, the former senator wrote to the UK High Commission in December 2021 to support Ukpo’s visa application.

In the letter, Ekweremadu stated that Ukpo was undergoing medical tests in order to donate a kidney to his daughter, Sonia Ekweremadu, who requires a kidney transplant.

He stated that both Ukpo and Sonia will be treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

This is Ekweremadu’s third appearance in a UK court since his arrest. The politician belongs to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

From 2007 to 2019, he served three terms as Nigeria’s deputy senate president, and he has been a senator since 2003.

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