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General News of Wednesday, 29 June 2022


FG hires lawyers to defend Ekweremadu, wife

Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice

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, the Nation has learned.

This was disclosed by Senate President Ahmad Lawan after a closed-door meeting of the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29 after which he confirmed that a delegation from the Chamber will visit the Ekweremadu's in London before Friday.

Recall that Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice were arrested and arraigned before the Oxbridge Magistrates Court in London.

The court ruled that they be remanded in custody till July 7, 2022, which is the next adjournment date.

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

He said that the lawmakers were briefed about Ekweremadu’s travail during the closed session and also apprised of the role the Nigerian High Commissioner to United Kingdom, Ambassador Sarafadeen Ishola, has been playing to ensure that Ekweremadu gets all needed assistance, The Nations reports.

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

“The High Commission has been providing all Consular Services including the engagement of lawyers to defend Ekweremadu,” Lawan said.

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.

He said: “Because the issue is already in court, there a limit to which we can say on the matter. We assure the family we will continue to do our best to support him.”