Federal government should provide legal assistance to Ekweremadu – Lawyers
Some senior lawyers have called on the federal government to get involved in the arrest of Ike Ekweremadu, a former UK deputy senate on organ harvesting allegations.
The former vice-president of the Senate and his wife, Béatrice, were arrested for allegedly trafficking David Ukpo Nwamini, a supposed organ donor, to help their daughter who is believed to be on dialysis.
Reports have already surfaced that Nwanimi is 21 according to his passport, not 15 as claimed by the Metropolitan Police.
Ekweremadu and his wife were brought to Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court and taken into custody.
Some lawyers who reacted yesterday said the former Deputy Speaker of the Senate should be confident facing his trial in the UK.
According to them, if he is sure of the documents he presented before entering the UK, he should have nothing to fear.
A senior solicitor, Mr Abdul Balogun, said the UK legal system is not like what we have here.
“As long as his papers are genuine, he should have nothing to worry about. From what we have seen so far, the UK government was aware of the issue before entering the UK. I’m sure his lawyers know what to do to get him out of this awkward situation.
A constitutional lawyer, Sylvanus Akpotia, said the UK legal system is different from that of Nigeria. He urged Senator Ekweremadu to make sure he has a watertight case as he might face difficulties if he has skeletons in his closet.
He said, “It’s the difference between an advanced country and a developing country. If it were a developing country, it is likely to get off easy. My advice is that he should put up with having a good record because he might not be able to get away with it if he doesn’t have a good record.
A law professor, Mr. Ismail Amedu, shared the views expressed by his colleagues and also called on the Nigerian government to look into the matter.