Organ Harvesting: UK Court Grants Ekweremadu’s Wife Bail
The London Court has granted Beatrice, wife of a former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, bail.
She was granted bail on Monday. Ike Ekweremadu on the other hand was denied bail.
Recall that Ike Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested and detained by the Metropolitan Police, London, over alleged conspiracy on organ harvesting of one David Ukpo Nwamini.
Ekweremadus were accused of conspiring to traffic a homeless man into the UK to harvest his kidney for their daughter.
According to a report by Daily Mail on Monday, Beatrice was granted bail when she appeared before the central criminal court in London, better known as the “Old Bailey”, on Friday, however, Ike Ekweremadu was denied bail
“The position is that I have granted bail to Beatrice subject to some fairly stringent conditions but I have refused bail to Ike,” Richard Marks, the judge, was quoted as saying.
“Anu Mohindru Q.C., together with Szilvia Booker, at a hearing on 22/07/22 before the Common Sergeant at the Central Criminal Court secured bail for Beatrice Ekweremadu, the wife of the former Nigerian Deputy Senate leader, Ike Ekweremadu, who is charged together with her husband and Obina Obeta, said to be a middleman in relation to these arrangements with offenses of arranging or facilitating the travel of David Nwamini Ukpo with a view to him being exploited, contrary to s.2(1) and 5(1) Modern Slavery Act 2015 and conspiracy to commit such an offense,” the statement read
“The essence of the allegation against the defendants is that (using intermediaries) they recruited David Ukpo, a homeless Nigerian male living in Lagos, and, on 22nd February 2022, brought him to the UK for the purposes of harvesting a kidney from him to be used for the benefit of their daughter.
“An application for bail on Friday was refused for Ike Ekweremadu but granted for Beatrice on strict conditions to ensure her attendance and obviate any concerns of her being a flight risk ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing scheduled to take place on 4th August 2022 and a subsequent trial next year.”
Meanwhile, in another development in the case, Obinna Obeta, a doctor residing in south London, has been charged to court over an alleged conspiracy with the Ekweremadus.