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Senate pleads clemency for Ekweremadu

A picture collage of Ike and Beatrice Ekweremadu, in London on January 31, 2023. Photo Credit: Google

The Senate has joined its counterpart in the House of Representatives to plead clemency for former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu.

Ike Ekweremadu alongside his wife, Beatrice are awaiting sentencing after having been convicted by the Central Criminal Court, London, for offences relating to breach of novel Modern Slavery Act, 2015.

The move by the Senate was sequel to a motion by Senator Chukwuka Utazi, representing Enugu North,In the motion, Senator Utazi said given the allegation on a case of kidney organ harvesting the senates move was on the account of the good standing of Sen.Ike Ekweremadu as its former Deputy Senate President for 12 years.

He was also the former Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, who has contributed in the development of democracy in Nigeria and West Africa.

“Where as they are seen as a first offenders and they do not have any previous criminal records and considering that Ekweremadu was ignorant of seeking out kidney donor to come to the United Kingdom and even applying to British Government in Abuja for a visa for the donor.

Senator Utazi also said that Clemency may be extended to the Ekweremadus’ considering that all of the convicts are first offenders.

In his remark, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said Senator Ike Ekweremadus’ served for 12 years as Deputy Senate President and had put in so much effort to the development of the Parliament across Africa, and in the world, he was not found wanting, describing what happened as unfortunate.

Reporting by Amaka Jones; Editing by Julian Osamoto and Adeniyi Bakare