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Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the supreme Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has criticised Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for the Federal Government’s stance in ’s arrest and trial for alleged organ harvesting in the United Kingdom.

During a press conference on Thursday, Malami stated that “the Federal Government of Nigeria will not interfere with any local or international legal battle involving the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who is currently undergoing trial for alleged organ harvesting in the United Kingdom.”

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The AGF added that “the Nigerian government has never been known to interfere in anything judicial, local, or international.”

The organisation refuted the AGF’s assertion in a statement titled “Ekweremadu: Ohanaeze disagrees with Malami, calls for FG’s intervention” released on Sunday by its spokesman, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia. He reminded him of how Nigeria used her full diplomatic leverage to secure the release of Zainab Kila, a Nigerian woman, after spending 124 days in a Saudi Arabian prison on suspicion of drug trafficking.

It also cited instances of British citizens being charged in foreign jurisdictions, noting that the British Government stepped in to defend an ex-serviceman, Captain Simon Mann, and the late British Prime Minister’s son, Sir Mark Thatcher, who were both accused of involvement in a plot to overthrow the government in Equatorial Guinea in 2004.

The top Igbo body noted that during Kila’s case, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who was then the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs, claimed that the President had ordered the AGF and other important government agencies to intervene, leading to her eventual release.

Ohanaeze stated, “We believe that Ekweremadu’s case should not be different, especially when Nigeria enjoys long-standing friendly relations with the UK and all the individuals involved in the UK case are Nigerian nationals,” while also pointing out that there is nothing beyond diplomatic redemption once there is a political will.

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The Igbo apex body questioned why, more than a month after the UK Court determined that the “donor” is not a child, the AGF is still referring to Nigeria’s “Child Rights Act.”

“One would expect Nigeria to feel disrespected by the British authorities’ ongoing refusal to grant Ekweremadu bail for an obviously bailable offence and by their initial contempt in discountenancing an official document of Nigeria on the ‘donor’s’ age in the first place,” the statement continued.

“We believe Nigeria could never treat a British legislator of Ekweremadu’s context in the same way.

Ike Ekweremadu, according to Ohanaeze, “served Nigeria honourably in various capacities while in the Senate, including as the Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States and the Deputy President of the Senate, among others, and was decorated with the service honour of the Commander of the Federal Republic.”

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Ike Ekweremadu is an illustrious Igbo and a serving senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Nigerian government and all Nigerians should be aware that treating him without decency would be a sad ending for Nigeria and, in fact, for all of Africa.

We implore the Federal Government of Nigeria, headed by President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, as well as the Senate and House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to strengthen their diplomatic ties in order to ensure that Ekweremadu and his wife receive the assistance they need by transferring the case to Nigeria.

That is all for today on Ekweremadu News on organ harvesting. 

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