The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has announced that the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs would be leaving for London, the United Kingdom in two days to see Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice.
The PUNCH reported that Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested last week in UK for alleged conspiracy to harvest the organs of a child, who is currently in protective custody. Lawan raised the issue at the commencement of plenary on Wednesday.
He said, “I had a personal engagement with the Nigerian High Commissioner in Britain, Ambassador Sarafadeen Isola, who has done so well to establish contact with our colleague (Ekweremadu) who has been able to get his team to be in court where Senator Ekweremadu was tried.
“He has also been able to provide some consular services including the engagement of lawyers who defended our colleague. We commend him for doing this particular service and giving attention to the issues at stake.”
Lawan added, “Because this issue is already in court, we have limited opportunity to discuss what we have done so far. But we assure the family of our colleagues and Nigerians that the Senate will continue to engage with our ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Nigeria High Commission in London. They have done so well but we still expect that they will continue to provide further consular services.”
The lawmaker said the House of Representatives had also mandated the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs to engage with the High Commission in Nigeria to find out more details of the case, adding that a delegation from the committee will be visiting Ekweremadu and his wife in two days.
“There will be a delegation to London to see our colleague and his wife. The delegation from the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs will leave in the next two days to London for that purpose. I want to urge the Federal Government and institutions to do anything to ensure that justice prevails in this case that they do so, particularly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
“This is very critical and important that the governing institutions provide those services that require. As for the Nigerian High Commission, we can ask for more, but they have done us proud,” he added.