A magistrate court in Westminster, United Kingdom on Thursday, July 7, 2022 ruled that David Ukpo, the alleged kidney donor for the ailing daughter of Senator Ikechukwu Ekweremadu’s daughter, Sandra is not a minor.
Ike Ekweremadu, the immediate past Deputy Senate President of Nigeria and his wife, Beatrice were arrested and charged for allegedly bringing a child to the country for organ harvesting, a potential offence under modern slavery legislation in the UK.
For the second time, the Uxbridge Magistrate Court heard the case against the pair last Thursday, where it announced that Attorney General Suella Braverman would determine whether the case will continue in the UK or be transferred to Nigeria where the alleged crime originated.
Today’s trial began at about 11am UK local time and just like last week, there is a large Nigerian delegation.
The delegation include staff from the Nigeria High Commission and other top government officials from Nigeria present in the public gallery to show support to the Ekweremadus.
The senator, who represents Enugu West, and his wife are facing charges bordering on conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.
The judge has adjourned the case till August 4. Ike Ekweremadu and his wife are to remain in custody till the next hearing.