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ALLEGED ORGAN HARVESTING: FG HIRES LAWYERS DEFEND EKWEREMADU, WIFE

The Senate President, Ahad Lawan has disclosed that the Federal Government through the Nigerian High Commission to the United Kingdom has hired lawyers to defend a former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice, over allegations of organ harvesting.

Lawan who disclosed this after a closed-door session of the chamber on Wednesday said that a delegation of the Chamber would on or before Friday this week visit Ekweremadu and his wife in London.

Also, the fact-finding visit according to Lawan would be undertaken by the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, chaired by Senator Adama Bulkachuwa.

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Recall that Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice were arrested last week for alleged organ harvesting, and since then been arraigned at Oxbridge Magistrates Court in London.

The Court, however, ruled that the former Deputy Senate President and his wife be remanded in custody till July 7, 2022, which is the next adjustment date.

Lawan made it known that the lawmakers were briefed about Ekweremadus’s travail during the closed session and also apprised of the role of the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ambassador Sarafadeen Ishola, has been playing to ensure that Ekweremadu gets all needed assistance.

He commended the High Commissioner and his team for the work they are doing in providing needed consular support for Ekweremadu.

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Speaking further, he said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been engaged and is currently providing diplomatic support to Ekweremadu.

He assured Ekweremadu’s family that the Senate would work to get all needed support for Ekweremadu and his wife to overcome the present challenge.

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