A popular Port Harcourt-based Human rights lawyer, Adoyi Abakpa has reacted to the ongoing controversy surrounding the alleged organ harvesting involving senator, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife.
The lawyer stated that even though the senator erred in so many ways, all of these would have been avoided only if they pumped more resources into the health care sector in Nigeria.
The Lawyer also gave the legal interpretation of the controversial news, as he said that Ekweremadu and his wife were charged with the offense of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the traveling of another person with a view to exploitation, namely, organ harvesting in the UK.
The Lawyer further stated that the offense is very serious because it involves child trafficking which is a serious offense in the UK and also in Nigeria.
It can be recalled that the senator and his wife were arrested at the Heathrow airport while they were on their way to Turkey to get another organ.
They still remain in police custody up until now.
Read his words below.
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His words: “The alleged offense can be tried in Nigeria or in the UK where the accused persons were arrested and detained. This is because the act constituting the offense commenced in Nigeria and was completed in the UK.
“Here in Nigeria, the offence is child trafficking under the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Act.”
“But the age of the boy is alleged to be only 15 years. He is still a minor by definition. In the UK the majority age is 16 while it is 18 in Nigeria.
“A minor lacks the statutory capacity to give consent to travel abroad with a person who is not his relative and to take the risk of harvesting his own organ such as the kidney. Such consent even if given by the boy is null and void and can also be proved to have been induced and obtained by fraud, considering the status/position of Ekwueremadu in the society vis-a-vis the circumstances of the poor boy who was homeless and picked from the street, according to the report
Or if they would ever need one, he, like other political office holders in Nigeria, believed family members would go on medical tours abroad. He saw nothing wrong with the total neglect of the health sector. “If Ekweremadu with all his years as a Federal Senator and as Deputy Senate President for 12 years had done his bit to introduce bills and/or sponsor bills to fix the health sector, he would not be facing the present embarrassment in the UK.