Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who is involved in an alleged organ harvesting case will remain in prison after the Central Criminal Court in the UK handling the case adjourned it till October 31, 2022.
The court on Thursday, August 3, 2022 said it is going to hear pretrial applications on October 31, but the trial will commence fully on May 2, 2023.
Recall, the Nigerian senator first appeared before the Uxbridge magistrates’ court in London, where the lawmaker denied all the charges against him.
Both Ekweremadu and his wife were denied bail and remanded in custody while the case was adjourned to July 7 and now August 4, 2022.
However, on July 22, 2022, his wife, Beatrice was granted bail under strict conditions.
At the court on Thursday, the senator representing Enugu west asked that a new lawyer represent him.
The police had alleged that David Ukpo, the reported victim at the centre of the organ harvesting allegation, is a 15-year-old but the court ruled that he is 21.
it was reported that the former senator wrote to the UK high commission in December 2021 to support a visa application for Ukpo.
In the letter, Ekweremadu said Ukpo was undergoing medical investigations for a kidney donation to Sonia Ekweremadu, his daughter, who is in need of a kidney transplant.
He said both Ukpo and Sonia will be at the Royal Free Hospital London.
Ekweremadu’s appearance in the UK court is the third time since his arrest.
The politician is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He served three terms as Nigeria’s deputy senate president from 2007 to 2019 and has been a senator since 2003.