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Organ harvesting: Court denies Ekweremadu, wife bail, remands duo in jail till August 4

By Bertram Nwannekanma (with agency reports)
08 July 2022   |   2:50 am
The Uxbridge Magistrate’s Court in England, yesterday, again denied former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice bail and ordered their remand in prison till August 4, 2022.

[FILES[ Ike Ekweremadu

The Uxbridge Magistrate’s Court in England, yesterday, again denied former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice bail and ordered their remand in prison till August 4, 2022.

 
The court had earlier denied them bail shortly after their arrest on June 21, 2022.
  
Ekweremadu and his wife are currently facing trial at the Court in England for allegedly bringing a child to the United Kingdom for organ harvesting.

MEANWHILE, the Westminster Magistrate’s Court has ruled that David Ukpo, who is in the middle of the organ harvesting trial of Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, is not a minor.
 

 
London court passed the ruling on Thursday while adjourning the case till August 4.
   
The police had reported that the child was a 15-year-old male and the couple planned to harvest his organ.
 
But the prosecution has accepted that David Ukpo is 21, contrary to the claim of 15. The case was, thereafter, adjourned and transferred to the Criminal Court in Central London.
    
Ekweremadu and Beatrice are to remain in custody till the next hearing date, per the court ruling. Both defendants pleaded not guilty to all charges.
 
A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, had on Wednesday, ordered the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to supply the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) with the Certified True Copy (CTC) of biodata information of David Ukpo for onward transmission to the UK.
  
Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order following an omnibus application by Muazu Mohammed, counsel for NIMC, to that effect.
  
Ekweremadu and their wife, Beatrice had, in the application dated and filed on June 27 by their counsel, sued NIMC and four others.
  
Other respondents in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/984/2022 are the Comptroller General (C-G), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Stanbic-IBTC Bank; United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc.    

In their originating summons, the couple prayed the court for an order directing all the defendants to supply them with the CTC of Ukpo’s biodata in their care for the purpose of facilitating the criminal investigation and tendering same to establish their innocence with respect to Ukpo’s age in the criminal charges against them.
  
Justice Ekwo granted the couple’s prayers by directing all the defendants to release the CTC of Ukpo’s biodata to the applicants.