The Nigeerian government has secured legal services for former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, both facing charges of alleged organ harvesting in London.
Announcing the intervention the government through the Nigerian High Commission to the United Kingdom on Wednesday, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said that a delegation of the upper legislative chamber would visit the Ekweremadus before Friday this week.
The couple was arrested and arraigned at Oxbridge Magistrates Court in London last week with the court ruling that they both be remanded in custody till 7th July 7, 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 Ekweremadus’ travail during the closed session and also apprised of the role the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ambassador Sarafadeen Ishola had been playing to ensure that the couple got all assistance.
Senator Lawan commended the High Commissioner and his team for the work they were 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”, he said, adding that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had been engaged and is currently providing diplomatic support to the duo.
He assured the Ekweremadu family that the Senate would work to get all support for the former Deputy Senate President 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”.