UK court rules that Ekweremadu’s ‘kidney donor’ not a minor, however denies couple bail


A London court has ordered the continued remand of former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice.

Ekweremadu and his wife were arraigned at the Westminster Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for alleged organ harvesting.

The duo was arrested and charged for importing a Nigerian, David Ukpo into the UK for alleged kidney harvesting.

The court also ruled that David Ukpo, a purported kidney donor for the daughter of Ike and Beatrice Ekweremadu, is not a minor.

The prosecutor had insisted that Ukpo was a minor.

The defendants’ lawyers also informed the court of a bail application they intend to file in the first week of August.

Thereafter, the judge adjourned the case till August 4.

Meanwhile, the UK attorney-general has approved that the case be tried at the Central Criminal Court in London.

Adamu Bulkachuwa, chairman of the senate committee on foreign affairs, led the senate delegation to the court.

David Mark, former president of the senate; Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, former minister of state for education, and a delegation from the Nigeria high commission, were also present in court.

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