Nigeria’s House of Representatives has adopted a motion of urgent public importance appealing for clemency from the UK government over the sentencing of former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, for organ harvesting. The motion titled “Need for Clemency for Sen Ike Ekweremadu” was presented by Toby Okechukwu at plenary in Abuja on Tuesday.
Okechukwu stated that Ekweremadu acted within his limited knowledge of the UK laws and that it was a common practice in international relations for nations, including the UK, to seek relief for their citizens involved in situations such as that of the Ekweremadus.
The speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, pleaded with the UK government to consider the noble acts of Mr Ekweremadu and temper justice with mercy. Ekweremadu and his wife were found guilty of attempting to smuggle the donor of a liver for their ailing daughter, an offence that carries a prison sentence of up to three years.