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Prosecutors: Ike Ekweremadu, wife were arrested on their way to Istanbul

A former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has advocated the amendment of the 1999 Constitution to reflect a single term rotational presidency.

Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President, and Beatrice, his wife, were arrested on their way to Istanbul, Turkey.

Prosecutors said this at an Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in the United Kingdom, where Ekweremadu and his wife were arraigned over attempted harvesting of organs.

Newsmen had reported how the Metropolitan Police arrested the Nigerian couple over an attempt to harvest the organ of an unidentified child.

When he was arraigned on Thursday, the court refused to grant him bail but ordered that he should be remanded till July 7.

In a statement confirming the arrest, the Metropolitan Police had said the pair were charged to court on Thursday following an investigation by the police’ specialist crime team.

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ARISE TV quoted the prosecutors to have told the court that the couple was arrested at Heathrow airport, on their way to Istanbul, Turkey.

According to the prosecutors, it is believed that they were on their way to procure another organ as they were unable to harvest the organ of the boy.

The prosecutors were also said to have told the court that the Ekweremadus have a daughter who has a kidney-related disease and has been on dialysis for quite some time.

They told the court that it is believed that the plan was to use an organ from the boy on their daughter who appears to need a kidney transplant.

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