Nigeria’s former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, will spend the Christmas and New Yeay holidays in a prison in the United Kingdom after his trial was moved to January 2023.
On June 23, 2022, Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Nwanneka were arrested in London for allegedly trafficking a homeless boy from Lagos into the UK to harvest his organs for their ailing daughter.
The couple, who were arrested for an alleged plot to harvest the kidney of 21-year-old David Ukpo Nwamini, were both charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.
Ekweremadu and Beatrice were accused of trafficking David from Lagos into the UK with the passport of a 41-year-old man, to transplant his organs to their daughter who suffers from kidney failure.
The police had alleged that David Ukpo, the reported victim at the centre of the organ harvesting allegation, is a 15-year-old but the court ruled that he is 21.
Beatrice was granted bail under strict conditions, following an application filed by the defendant’s counsel on July 22, but Ekweremadu was remanded in custody.
UK Court Moves Ekweremadu’s Trial From May To January 2023
During the trial on Monday, the Central Criminal Court in London moved Ekweremadu’s trial from May 2023 to January 31, 2023.
The Old Bailey agreed that arguments will be heard on the 16th or 19th of December 2022 before the commencement of the trial in January.
Though Ekweremadu was absent from court on Monday, his wife Beatrice who was released on bail in July and Sonia, the couple’s daughter, were present.
KanyiDaily recalls that last week, a Federal High Court Abuja ordered the interim forfeiture of Ekweremadu’s assets following an ex-parte motion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).