By Ijeoma Chinonyerem
So apparently, Ekweremadu’s daughter needs a kidney transplant. She’s in the UK.
What Ekweremadu did was to pick a 15 year old homeless orphan living on the streets of Lagos. He said he’s sending him to the UK to train him and give him a better life. Seeing as he’s a popular figure, the young boy agreed. Any of us in his shoes would have. From homeless living on the streets of Lagos to the UK.
They never told him they wanted to use him as spare part for their daughter.
They falsified his travel documents and gave him fake identity. The boy has been in the UK since few months ago.
It was while running some tests in the UK hospital in May that the boy found out they wanted to remove his kidney. Nobody told him!
A 15 year old boy!!!
He told some medical officials that he wasn’t aware and that was how the hospital got the police involved. The police didn’t burst the case like Nigerian police would have. They continued following it up codedly till now.
Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested at the airport immediately they entered the UK yesterday. The boy is in police custody and Ekweremadu them appeared in court for their first hearing today.
Both him and his wife were denied bail and case was adjourned to July 7th. So they are in custody as you are reading this.
Mind you, it’s even illegal for a minor to donate organ in the UK. A parent or guardian must authorise it. Of which the Ekweremadus are neither.
So they kidnapped this boy and brought him into the UK with falsified documents, never told him they wanted to use his kidney and planned to go ahead with it just like that.
Do you think they would have let that boy live after the operation? Of course not. Cos they know he will raise alarm after the surgery and the thing would blow up. So I’m very sure they brought in that boy just for the sole purpose of using him as a spare part and nothing more. That’s the reason they falsified his travel documents.
This makes me wonder how many young, poor/homeless teens they musr have kidnapped and tested here in Nigeria, before this guy matched with his daughter that they now took him to the UK.
How many homeless teens did they test?
What happened to the ones that didn’t match?
Did they send them back to the street where they picked them from or…
I’m so glad they are still in custody. Let’s watch this unfold.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.