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Alleged Trafficking: UK Court Adjourns Ekweremadu’s Trial

Former deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu’s trial in Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on charges of conspiracy and organ harvest was postponed on Thursday.

Under the Modern Slavery Act of 2015, he is accused of conspiring to plan or enable the travel of another person for exploitation.

The legislator will stay in detention following the adjournment until his subsequent court appearance on July 7, 2022.

According to a BBC report, the troubled senator from Enugu West Senatorial District made an additional court appearance in London on Thursday while sporting a grey tracksuit and a bible.

According to the newspaper, no application for release was filed, and Ekweremadu will stay in detention until his subsequent court appearance on July 7 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

It stated that because a portion of the alleged offense was allegedly committed outside of the United Kingdom, the attorney general’s approval is required for the case to move forward.

Beatrice, the 55-year-old wife of Ekweremadu, will appear in court later because of a delay in her transit from prison. She is accused of arranging or enabling the flight of another person for exploitation.

Ahmad Lawan, the Senate President, revealed on Wednesday that the Nigerian High Commission in the UK has hired attorneys to represent Ekweremadu and his wife.

This was said by Lawan on Wednesday when discussing the results of a private meeting the upper chamber convened before to the opening of the plenary session.

Lawan said that on July 1, 2022, a delegation from its Committee on Foreign Affairs would leave Nigeria for London in order to pay a visit to the troubled couple currently being held on suspicion of organ harvesting.

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Lawan claims that the Nigerian High Commissioner to London was briefed before the decision to get involved in Ekweremadu’s arrest and incarceration.

He added that the Senate would contact the Nigerian High Commission in London and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the recent detention of Senator Ike Ekweremadu by the London Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom.

He said, “I had a personal engagement with our Nigerian High Commissioner to Britain, Alhaji Isola Sarafa, who has done so well to establish contact with our colleague, who has been able to get his team to be in the court at Uxbridge where Ekweremadu was taken to.

“The high Commission has also been able to provide some consular services that include the engagement of some lawyers who will defend our colleague.

“We commend them for giving attention to the issue at stake. Equally, the Nigeria Foreign Affairs Minister has been engaged here, so that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes steps to provide diplomatic support for our colleague.

“Because this issue is already in court, we have limited opportunity to discuss beyond what we have done so far.

“But I want to ensure the family of our colleague, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and Nigerians, that the Senate will continue to engage with our Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as our high commission in London.

“The High Commission has done so much, but we still expect that it will continue to provide any other further consular services.

“We have also mandated our committee on foreign affairs to engage with the British high commission here in Nigeria, to find more details on this case, as as far as the high commission is involved.

“There will be a delegation to London to see Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife. A delegation from the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Senate will leave in the next two days to London for that purpose.

“I want to urge all federal government institutions that can do anything to ensure that justice prevails in this case, that they do so.”

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Former deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu’s trial in Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on charges of conspiracy and organ harvest was postponed on Thursday.

Under the Modern Slavery Act of 2015, he is accused of conspiring to plan or enable the travel of another person for exploitation.

The legislator will stay in detention following the adjournment until his subsequent court appearance on July 7, 2022.

According to a BBC report, the troubled senator from Enugu West Senatorial District made an additional court appearance in London on Thursday while sporting a grey tracksuit and a bible.

According to the newspaper, no application for release was filed, and Ekweremadu will stay in detention until his subsequent court appearance on July 7 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

It stated that because a portion of the alleged offense was allegedly committed outside of the United Kingdom, the attorney general’s approval is required for the case to move forward.

Beatrice, the 55-year-old wife of Ekweremadu, will appear in court later because of a delay in her transit from prison. She is accused of arranging or enabling the flight of another person for exploitation.

Ahmad Lawan, the Senate President, revealed on Wednesday that the Nigerian High Commission in the UK has hired attorneys to represent Ekweremadu and his wife.

This was said by Lawan on Wednesday when discussing the results of a private meeting the upper chamber convened before to the opening of the plenary session.

Lawan said that on July 1, 2022, a delegation from its Committee on Foreign Affairs would leave Nigeria for London in order to pay a visit to the troubled couple currently being held on suspicion of organ harvesting.

READ MORE: Kaduna Train Attack: Victims’ Families Plan Abuja, Kaduna Protests

Lawan claims that the Nigerian High Commissioner to London was briefed before the decision to get involved in Ekweremadu’s arrest and incarceration.

He added that the Senate would contact the Nigerian High Commission in London and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the recent detention of Senator Ike Ekweremadu by the London Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom.

He said, “I had a personal engagement with our Nigerian High Commissioner to Britain, Alhaji Isola Sarafa, who has done so well to establish contact with our colleague, who has been able to get his team to be in the court at Uxbridge where Ekweremadu was taken to.

“The high Commission has also been able to provide some consular services that include the engagement of some lawyers who will defend our colleague.

“We commend them for giving attention to the issue at stake. Equally, the Nigeria Foreign Affairs Minister has been engaged here, so that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes steps to provide diplomatic support for our colleague.

“Because this issue is already in court, we have limited opportunity to discuss beyond what we have done so far.

“But I want to ensure the family of our colleague, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and Nigerians, that the Senate will continue to engage with our Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as our high commission in London.

“The High Commission has done so much, but we still expect that it will continue to provide any other further consular services.

“We have also mandated our committee on foreign affairs to engage with the British high commission here in Nigeria, to find more details on this case, as as far as the high commission is involved.

“There will be a delegation to London to see Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife. A delegation from the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Senate will leave in the next two days to London for that purpose.

“I want to urge all federal government institutions that can do anything to ensure that justice prevails in this case, that they do so.”

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