The Nigerian High Commission has lawyered up for a former deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife.
The couple was recently arrested for allegations of organ harvesting in Nigeria, but the hearing will take place on July 7th when they are expected to attend court again.
In a meeting today where there was little news shared publicly due to what was regarded as confidential information shared between senators, it was learned that the commission assigned lawyer representation for them earlier this month.
It is worth noting that while they are currently detained in England under an interim order set by British courts until the next court date arrives in July, they still deserve proper treatment under international law; such as access to medical care if needed because of poor living conditions if jailed or transport back home if detained abroad too long without adequate humanitarian care provided.
Sen. Paul Waba commended the High Commissioner and his team for their work in providing needed consular services to Mr. Ekweremadu, who has been detained unlawfully since October last year. The High Commission has provided all Consular Services including engaging lawyers to defend Mr. Ekweremadu, Sen. Waba said at this morning’s meeting of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs ̀ he added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also engaged and is currently providing diplomatic support.
Sen. Waba assured members of Mr. Ekweremadu’s family that the Senate would work hard to get all necessary assistance for him – including legal assistance – to overcome this current challenge; adding that because it’s an ongoing case we cannot comment further.