The media has been awash with the arrest and remand of Nigerian Politician and one of the longest serving Senator, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Nwanneka in the Kingdom (UK) magistrate court in Uxbridge over alleged plan to harvest underage boy, Ukpo Nwamini David.
The magistrate has ruled that the former Senate Deputy President and wife will remain in police custody until July 7.
Newstrack Nigeria checks shows that Mr. Ukpo David may not be underage as reported.
According to our source contrary to reports, David is said to be above 20 according to Ekweremadu associate who does not want his name.mentioned.
Meanwhile, the letter with which Ekweremadu sent to the British Commission in Nigeria has been obtained by NewsTrack Nigeria, which specified the reason that borders on Kidney transplant for which David was being sponsored to the United Kingdom.
Again, contrary to the allegation that the supposed underage was deceived into coming to the United Kingdom, it was revealed that after medical investigation, David’s could not match to that Ekweremadus’ daughter, Soni.
Learning of this, our sourced revealed that David who did not want to come back to Nigeria raised the alarm alleging he was maltreated and deceived against his will to donate his kidney.
This is contrary to the report advanced by the prosecution, alleging that the Ekweremadus brought a homeless boy, identified as Ukpo Nwamini David, from Nigeria under the pretext of exposing him to a better life but with the intention of harvesting his kidney.
According to the charge sheet, Ekweremadu and his wife allegedly procured a passport for the victim that showed his age as 21-years-old.
However, doctors at the Royal Free Hospital in the UK were reported to have been forced to cancel the procedure when the teenage boy disclosed his real age to be 15 years.
The report has it that the kidney was to be transplanted to their daughter who had been diagnosed with kidney problems and has been on dialysis for some time.
“Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55 (10.9.66) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.
“Ike Ekweremadu, 60 (12.05.62) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting. Between August 2021 and May 6, 2022,” the charge sheet read.
The prosecution told the court that with the cancellation of the procedure to harvest the victim’s kidney by the hospital, he was maltreated by the couple, causing him to flee the house and seek help at a police station.
An investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022.
Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested on Tuesday June 21 at the Heathrow airport while on their way to Istanbul, Turkey to procure another kidney for the transplant, and had in their possession $20, 000 which has also been confiscated.
Subsequent requests by the legal representatives of the defendants for their clients to be released on bail were turned down by the court which insisted they posed flight risks.
The two accused will appear before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court on July 7, for continuation of the hearing.
Only time and disinterested investigation can unravel the mystery surrounding the present Ekweremadus’