The government will not intervene in the prosecution of a well-known senator and his wife, who are accused of participating in an alleged organ harvesting scheme, according to Nigeria’s justice minister.

The Story
Ike Ekweremadu, a district senator and attorney, and his 55-year-old wife Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu are charged with smuggling a 21-year-old Nigerian man into the United Kingdom.

According to the prosecution, they intended to have his kidney removed so that they could donate it to their daughter. They haven’t pleaded guilty in court. In May 2023, a High Court judge will hear the case in London.

What He Said
The Minister of Justice, Justice Malami commented on the proceedings “It has never been the tradition of the Nigerian government to interfere on anything judicial, local or international. And that stands the position of the government,” He added: “We have mutual legal assistance understanding with the UK, and whichever of the agencies, either the Senator as an accused or suspect or indeed the agencies in the UK, make any request for international support we will respond accordingly.”

What you should know

  • Senator Ekweremmadu has been in the Senate since 2003
  • He has been remanded in custody pending trial
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