February 3, 2023

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Ekweremadu’s London travail: The cheering and the jeering 


CHUKS NWEZE in Enugu writes that Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s London arrest, detention and prosecution over allegation of organ harvesting, got here like a bolt from the blue, which has left mates in addition to foes cheering and jeering, respectively

The shocker information

The information got here like a thunderbolt and earlier than Nigerians may swallow the bitter capsule, it has gathered momentum having unfold like wild fireplace throughout the land, aided primarily by the social media and different worldwide information sources.

Based on the scanty story at the moment, in Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s effort to impact kidney transplant for his ailing daughter, Sonia Ekweremadu, he had allegedly procured a supposed minor, one other Nigerian, Grasp David Ukpo from Ebonyi state who on attending to London bolted solution to elevate alarm to the regulation enforcement companies of that nation.  

Nobody may instantly verify the veracity of the allegation however earlier than may say Jack Robinson, the senator and spouse Beatrice had been being tried in London and had been finally detained the place they’ve been since June 21, 2022 earlier than Mrs Ekweremadu was finally granted bail.

The cheers and jeers

Because the starting of his ordeal, it has been potpourri of emotions again house in Nigeria. Whereas good spirited Nigerians, particularly, Igbo women and men, deeply touched by the unlucky growth have been exhibiting concern to the extent that some even volunteered to rent attorneys to defend him in London, others, nonetheless, appear to be saying ‘it served him proper’ and  scheming to take over his place. 

Surprisingly, an Igbo group, Voice from the East, VEAST, was the primary accountable the lawyer cum serving lawmaker for being the architect of his travail.  

Based on the convener of VEAST, Comrade Kindness Jonah, Ekweremadu ought to have carried a Nigerian medical personnel alongside who would have supplied the most effective concept that might have prevented the unhappy growth within the first place.

Jonah stated that Ekweremadu ought have identified the prevailing regulation in the UK regarding kidney transplant and kidney donation earlier than embarking on what has turned out to seem like a shoddy deal since there’s a declare that the donor was a minor. He maintained that if Ekweremadu had accomplished the mandatory preparations, the story would have been totally different.

“How will you do a kidney transplant with out taking cognisance of the regulation?  He by no means carried the Nigerian medical personnel alongside. That might have helped him. He solely transported the boy to UK irrespective of the Nigerian medical certification,” he stated.

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The VEAST convener stated that however Ekweremadu’s oversight, “the Nigerian authorities ought to do one thing to avoid wasting her citizen making an allowance for that Ekweremadu is a outstanding politician and a parliamentarian of reputation.”  

He reasoned that some Britons could have dedicated one offence or the opposite in Nigeria however they had been glossed over and this as properly ought to be missed to take care of the conviviality current between Nigeria and Britain.

“The Nigerian Authorities ought to come full drive and mustn’t depart him alone. They need to stand between him and jail. Many Britons have contravened Nigerian legal guidelines prior to now but they had been spared.  The British Authorities ought to tamper Justice the regulation. What is nice for the goose ought to equally be good for the gander,” 

He, subsequently, recommended that Ekweremadu ought to be repatriated  to be tried in Nigeria.

Ohanaeze intervention 

However taking a unique angle, the Ohanaeze Youth Council, urged not solely the Nigerian authorities however  ECOWAS additionally, to intervene since Ekweremadu held a outstanding workplace within the ECOWAS Parliament.

To the president Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, “the Nigerian authorities ought to do all the things humanly attainable to see that her citizen didn’t endure unjustly in a international land and to keep in mind the diplomatic immunity Ekweremadu ought to get pleasure from as a outstanding lawmaker in Nigeria.”

In July, the leaders and elders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, led by Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, buoyed by their robust need to see the ex Deputy Senate President off the hook, wrote to the Senate hierarchy to do one thing to avoid wasting their colleague.

Iwuanyanwu, a chieftain of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, who authored the letter, identified that they had been pained that one of many illustrious sons was in bother and must be assisted. Iwuanyanwu stated: “We’re indignant about the entire saga about one in every of our illustrious sons, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

“The information concerning the arrest of the previous Deputy Senate President along with his spouse in a distant London was acquired with shock in lots of locations, particularly, throughout the rank and file of the umbrella physique of all Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo the place he, Ekweremadu, is a really energetic member.

“We wouldn’t have any doubt in any way that the reality will emerge and our son and his spouse will likely be vindicated. We’re, nonetheless, joyful and profoundly appreciative of your solidarity together with your colleague and pal throughout his making an attempt interval. We additionally pray that the Almighty God will go to the daughter of Ekweremadu who’s sick,” Iwuanyanwu wrote.

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Subsequently, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide management even promised to ship a delegation to London composed of a group of authorized luminaries to battle on Ekweremadu’s behalf.

Touched by their kinsman’s ordeal, Mpu neighborhood in Aninri native authorities space of Enugu state, the place Ekweremadu hails from, was moved to close their market in solidarity with their brother. 

In response to the London ordeal of their son, President Normal of the neighborhood, Chief Oshimiri Ude maintained that Ekweremadu is one in every of their illustrious sons that has accomplished a lot for the event of their neighborhood and mustn’t endure unduly.

He additional stated, “Senator Ekweremadu is our illustrious son. With out him, our world appears shattered. We all know he didn’t commit any crime. This man with a coronary heart of gold, who has reworked our communities and plenty of communities in Enugu West and past.

“We’re committing Mpu neighborhood primarily to God, thanking him for the nice issues he has accomplished for the land and asking for divine intervention within the bother surrounding our brother. 

“Senator Ekweremadu who has been away from the shores of Nigeria since June 21, 2022 for an allegation that has no foundation,” the Group laments.

Uguwanyi requires prayers

The Enugu State Authorities was not unnoticed in outpouring of with the embattled Senator ensconced in a harrowing expertise in London due to his daughter’s ailment.  

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, via his SSA Media, Mr. Louis Amoke stated that the federal government is saddened by what is occurring to Senator Ekweremadu.

“The federal government and the individuals of Enugu state are saddened by the disagreeable information of arrest, arraignment and subsequent remand in custody of Senator Ekweremadu. On this tough time, we beseech probably the most merciful God to grant accelerated therapeutic to Miss Sonia Ekweremadu,” Ugwuanyi prayed.

Nevertheless, when the matter continued to linger, Governor Ugwuanyi was pressured to commit the matter into the palms of God as he had handed over your complete Enugu state into the palms of God.

Ugwuanyi made the declaration when the leaders of Oganiru Enugu help group of Senator Ekweremadu formally collapsed their construction to help Peter Mbah, the Enugu PDP governorship candidate for 2023. 

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Whereas enjoining them to make sure that all of the PDP candidates of their areas received, he urged them to e book a mass for Ekweremadu and the household, saying that it was pertinent to “present like to somebody when she or he shouldn’t be round for any purpose or the opposite.”

Scheming to switch him as Senator

Nevertheless, whereas others are empathising with Ekweremadu and household, one of many aspirants who contested the Enugu West Senatorial seat with Ekweremadu in 2019,  Barr. Ogochukwu Agabus Umunnakwe Onyema, aka OAU, fairly needs to switch Ekweremadu within the Pink Chambers resulting from absence.

Onyema stated that he was performing in good religion and for the frequent good of his constituency, Enugu West senatorial district. 

in an interview, the aspiring lawmaker instructed newsmen that his curiosity was to see that Enugu West is represented within the Senate as a result of the shortage of illustration was costing Enugu West an important deal.

“Our curiosity on this specific factor is that we, the Enugu West are shedding quite a bit and we must be represented. It’s unlucky that the place can’t be delegated and he doesn’t have a deputy or an assistant that may maintain on till he returns.

“Regardless of that, the Senate won’t anticipate him and we’ll proceed to lose. What caused our most important fear shouldn’t be ambition to switch Ekweremadu however the frustration that we aren’t more likely to have a consultant till the top of the ninth Senate until the third defendant, Ekweremadu is changed.

“The reason is that the Metropolitan Court docket dealing with the Senator’s matter introduced out a trial schedule exhibiting that our Senator was not granted bail and that his trial will start on twenty eighth day of Might, 2023, only a day earlier than the top of Buhari administration. It should subsequently be foolhardy of us to not begin making hares whereas the solar shines in order that our individuals can get illustration,” he reasoned.

From the look of issues, until one thing drastic is finished, both the UK court docket embarks on accelerated listening to, or the Nigerian Authorities go for a political answer within the matter, the Enugu West senatorial district could should proceed with out a consultant within the Pink Chambers as reasoned by OAU Onyema. 

Worse nonetheless, Ekweremadu’s ailing daughter, Sonia could have continued to endure with out getting the wanted medical care.