OrderPaperToday – The Senate has expressed intention to wade into the case of Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, arrested and detained in the United Kingdom over alleged conspiracy to traffick and harvest the organ of a Nigerian ‘teenager.’
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, also disclosed that a delegation from its Committee on Foreign Affairs would depart Nigeria for London on July 1, 2022, to pay a visit to the couple.
Lawan made the decision known on Wednesday while giving details about the outcome of a closed door session held among Senators in the Red chamber between 10:57 am and 11:49 a m, noted that its intervention is against the backdrop of a briefing received by the Nigerian High Commissioner to London.
“There will be a delegation to London to see Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife. A delegation from the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Senate will leave in the next two days to London for that purpose.
I want to urge all federal government institutions that can do anything to ensure that Justice prevails in this case, that they do so.”
He further disclosed that the Senate would engage the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nigerian High Commission in London on the arrest of its embattled former Deputy President, by the London Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom.
“I had a personal engagement with our Nigerian High Commissioner to Britain, Alhaji Isola Sarafa, who has done so well to establish contact with our colleague, who has been able to get his team to be in the court at Uxbridge where Ekweremadu was taken to.
The High Commission has also been able to provide some Consular services that include the engagement of some lawyers who will defend our colleague.
We commend them for giving attention to the issue at stake. Equally, the Nigeria Foreign Affairs Minister has been engaged here, so that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes steps to provide diplomatic support for our colleague. Because this issue is already in court, we have limited opportunity to discuss beyond what we have done so far,” the Senate President explained.
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Lawan also assured the family of the embattled lawmaker that the Senate will support them by engaging the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Nigerian High Commission
“…I want to assure the family of our colleague, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and Nigerians, that the Senate will continue to engage with our Ministry of Foreign affairs as well as our High Commission in London.
The High Commission has done so much but we still expect that it will continue to provide any other further consular services.
We have also mandated our committee on Foreign Affairs to engage with the British High Commission here in Nigeria, to find more details on this case, as far as the High Commission is involved.”