Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president, has written to the British court that convicted Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, of organ trafficking. Ekweremadu was the former deputy president of the senate.
The former President requested the Clerk to step in and make sure the UK government balanced justice with mercy in the case in a letter addressed to the Chief Clerk of the Central Criminal Court at the Old Bailey in London.
According to reports, Ekweremadu and his wife were found guilty of organ trafficking by a London court, and as a result they could receive a 10-year prison sentence under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015, which was passed.
Ekweremadu and his wife were remanded in custody following Mr. Justice Johnson’s guilty verdicts, and they will be sentenced on May 5.
After receiving complaints from the young man about the Ekweremadus’ alleged plans to harvest his organ, UK authorities detained them and held them in custody.
However, Obasanjo urged the court and the UK government to grant clemency in a letter dated April 3, 2023, claiming that the Ekweremadus had learned their lesson from the experience.
the letter said, in part.
“Mr. Chief Clerk, I am well aware of Ike Ekweremadu’s and his wife’s current struggles and conviction in the UK as a result of their accusations of conspiring to arrange the travel of a 21-year-old Nigerian woman to the UK in order to harvest organs for their daughter.
I do understand the ramifications of their behavior, and I dare say that any sane or civilized society cannot tolerate it.
However, it is my sincere hope that the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Nigeria will have very cordial relations; therefore, I am asking you to use your good offices to intervene on behalf of the couple’s daughter, whose health is at risk and urgent medical attention is needed, and to urge the court and the government of the United Kingdom to be gracious enough to tem.
“I sincerely hope Mr. and Mrs. Ekweremadu have drawn lessons from this upsetting experience to inform their future decisions and deeds, so they can continue to be outstanding members of their community and fully contribute to the betterment of society in general and the country in particular. “.
Details will be provided later.