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Peter Obi reacts to Ekweremadu’s arrest over alleged organ trafficking

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PRESIDENTIAL candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi has reacted to the arrest and detention of a former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, over alleged organ trafficking in the United Kingdom (UK).

The Ekweremadus were arrested for allegedly attempting to harvest the organs of an underaged boy for the treatment of their daughter, who is reported to be suffering from kidney failure.


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Reacting to the development on his Twitter page on Friday, Obi, a former Anambra State governor, prayed for the Ekweremadus and their ailing daughter.

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“My family and I are with the Ekweremadus over their travail. We join all men of goodwill in praying for the healing of their daughter and commit them into God’s hand for justice to be done,” Obi said.

Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested on Tuesday at the Heathrow Airport in London on their way to Istanbul, Turkey.

They were arraigned before a UK Magistrate court on Thursday. The court denied them bail and remanded them in custody until July 7, when the case will come up for hearing.

The investigation commenced after detectives were alerted by a hospital to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022.

A statement by the Metropolitan Police said, “A woman and a man were charged today (Thursday) with conspiring to arrange the travel of a child into the UK to harvest organs.”

The senator and his wife got legal representation and had their passports seized after the judge denied them bail and remanded them in custody.

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