Ekweremadu, wife detained in UK, risk 10-year jail

The former Senate Deputy President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Nwanneka, have landed themselves in London detention for desperately trying to save the life of their daughter.

They are faced with charges bordering on organ harvesting, which attracts a 10-year jail term.

The alleged offense involves removing parts of the body against the will of the victim.

The couple was arrested at the Heathrow Airport in London on Tuesday in the presence of protocol officials from the Nigerian High Commission in the United Kingdom (UK) and were taken away for interrogation.

They were taken to the Uxbridge Magistrates Court near the airport yesterday.

The judge denied them bail and fixed July 7 for a ruling on jurisdiction.

A diplomatic source said the offenses against the couple attract a 10-year jail term if found guilty.

“The maximum penalty in the UK for these proven offenses is imprisonment for 10 years.

“Their assets in the UK can also be confiscated.”



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