Ex-deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Ekweremadu, have pleaded not guilty to human trafficking and organ harvesting charges.

The couple, currently facing possible jail-time for both crimes, continued their trial at West Minister Magistrates Court on Thursday. Lastest from court proceedings is that earlier claims that the kidney donor in is not a minor has been accepted. The prosecution also confirmed that the victim is 21 years old, contrary to the 15-year-old claims put out during the beginning of the trial.

The next hearing is now slated to hold August 4.

Thursday’s court session comes 24 hours after the Federal High Court in Abuja, ordered the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), to transmit the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the biodata information of an alleged Minor to the Attorney General of the Federation for onward transmission to the UK. This was done to provide critical details on age issues for the ongoing trial in the United Kingdom.

Also, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, had called on Justice Inyang Ekwo days ago to order the release of official documents of Ukpo domiciled with NIMC, Nigerian Immigration Service, and Stanbic-IBTC Bank. This was granted by Justice Ekwo.

Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice, were arrested on June 23 by British police for alleged human trafficking and conspiration to harvest a minor’s organ. Both crimes violates the Modern Slavery Act in the UK.

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