Ike Ekweremadu, Kidney Trafficking and Nigeria Failed Healthcare

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The news that a former Deputy speaker of the Nigerian senate was arrested in the UK for alleged involvement in organ trafficking is still leaving many in shocks.

On the 23rd of June, 2022, news began to filter in that Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice had been arrested following an investigation by the metropolitan police specialist crime team.

Investigations were said to have been ongoing since May 2022 when the Metropolitan Police was made aware of potential offenses under modern slavery legislation.

The prosecutor alleged a 15 year old homeless boy was transported from Lagos to Heathrow with the purpose of harvesting organs.

The immediate reaction on social media proved that it was a serious case. More importantly, as the met police has over the years built a more credible reputation when compared with their counterpart in Nigeria.

Organ trafficking is a serious topic globally, and we sure must have come across the joke of people travelling oversees to sell their organ.

Kidneys are by far the most trafficked organ, though liver sales too are on the rise.

The couple have already appeared before Uxbridge magistrates’ court, but were denied bail and remanded in custody.

The case has been adjourned till July 7.

Till then, social media speculations will continue, but the truth is all this could have been avoided if our political class invested in our health care more.

Ike Ekweremadu who is from Enugu State has served in the Senate of Nigeria since May 2003.

He has risen to the high ranks of Deputy Senate president and can be forgiven to say he is one of the major policy makers in the country.

The Nigerian health care system is poorly developed and has suffered several backdrops in the past years, and there might have been no need for the Ekweremadu’s to transport their child outside the country for treatment if the country had a better system.

Just like every other Nigeria, we wish the Ekweremadu’s a fair trail and if innocent hope they get out of the current travails.

Thought, I feel this should serve as a wake up call to our political class that if they can’t keep destroying our heritage, and not using their positions to the ultimate good of the people.

A better and safer Nigeria benefits everyone. Both the political class and we the masses.

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