..as Court adjourns trial to July 7
The trial of former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Ekweremadu has been adjourned to July 7.
The London Metropolitan Police earlier on Thursday said it had arrested and charged the duo for conspiring to bring a child to the UK for organ harvesting.
At the Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court, they pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to a Daily Mail report.
“These are serious allegations and these matters are now adjourned until 7 July back here at Uxbridge,” Magistrate Lois Sheard said.
Ms Sheard remanded both defendants into custody ahead of their hearing next month.
Meanwhile, the police said the child involved in the matter “has been safeguarded and we are working closely with partners on continued support.”
‘Transplant for child’
A source familiar with the matter, who spoke to Channels Television on condition of anonymity, said Ekweremadu’s child has been suffering from a kidney disease and needed a transplant.
The source said a donor was gotten and sent to the UK for investigation with the aim of providing a kidney.
However, the source said the kidney did not match that of Ekweremadu’s child.
Subsequently the donor was scheduled to return to Nigeria.
However, according to the source, the donor refused to return to Nigeria and instead reported to the UK police to seek asylum.