According to Senate President Ahmad Lawan, the Nigerian High Commission in the United Kingdom has hired attorneys to represent Ike Ekweremadu, a senator from the Enugu West Senatorial District, and his wife Beatrice.
This was said by Lawan on Wednesday when discussing the results of a private meeting the upper chamber convened before the opening of the plenary session.
The private meeting, which began at about 10:57 a.m., ended around 11:49 a.m.
According to The PUNCH, Ekweremadu and his wife were detained by the UK Metropolitan Police on Tuesday for planning to harvest a minor’s organs.
According to reports, Ekweremadu and his wife helped David enter the UK so that he could give his kidney to their daughter Sonia, who has kidney failure.
On Thursday, the couple was charged with conspiring to harvest organs before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court in London.
But in a statement on Wednesday, Lawan stated that on July 1, 2022, a delegation from the committee’s foreign affairs would leave Nigeria for London in order to pay a visit to the troubled couple currently being held on suspicion of organ harvesting.
The Special Assistant (Press) to Lawan, Dr. Ezrel Tabiowo, said this in a statement captioned, “Senate delegation to visit Ekweremadu, wife in London.”
Lawan claims that the Nigerian High Commissioner to London was briefed before the decision to get involved in Ekweremadu’s arrest and incarceration.
He added that the Senate would contact the Nigerian High Commission in London and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the recent detention of Senator Ike Ekweremadu by the London Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom.
“I had a personal meeting with our Nigerian High Commissioner to Britain, Alhaji Isola Sarafa, who has done such a great job of connecting with our colleague and arranging for his staff to be there in the court at Uxbridge where Ekweremadu was taken to,” he said.
The high commission has also been able to offer some consular assistance, such as hiring some attorneys to represent our colleagues.
“We applaud them for focusing on the relevant subject. The Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs has also been contacted so that our colleague might receive diplomatic help from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Since this matter is currently in court, we don’t have much opportunity to talk about anything more than what we’ve already done.
But I want to reassure Nigerians and the family of our colleague, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, that the Senate would continue to communicate with both our high commission in London and our ministry of foreign affairs.
Although the High Commission has accomplished a lot, we still anticipate that it will continue to offer any additional consular services.
“We have also given our committee on foreign affairs the task of speaking with the British high commission in Nigeria to learn more about this matter from their perspective.
“A delegation will visit Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife in London. In the next two days, a delegation from the Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations will fly to London for that reason.
I want to implore all federal government institutions to take whatever action is necessary to guarantee that justice is served in this matter.
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