Reps plead for leniency for Ekweremadu
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Reps plead for leniency for Ekweremadu

 Nigeria’s House of Representatives has pleaded with the UK government to be lenient with former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu for organ harvesting.

The plea followed the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance by Rep. Toby Okechukwu (PDP-Enugu) at a plenary, on Tuesday, in Abuja.

Okechukwu titled the motion “Need for Clemency for Sen Ike Ekweremadu”.

Presenting the motion, he said Ekweremadu acted based on his limited knowledge of the UK laws.

He stressed that he (Ekweremadu) must have learnt the bitter lessons.

“Ekweremadu acted within his limited knowledge of the UK laws.

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“He wrote to UK High Commission to support medical visa application for the donor and declare purpose of the trip.

“Ekweremadu and his wife acted under natural instincts of parents to save an ailing daughter, and not for commercial purposes,” he said.

Okechukwu said it was a common practice in international relations for nations to seek relief for their citizens.

“I want to ask my honourable colleagues, Mr Speaker, to bring the full weight of this parliament, both formally and informally and ask the British Government to remember the long-term relations we have had with them,” he said.

In his remarks, Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila said Ekweremadu could still find justice before God and man.

Gbajaniamila pleaded with the UK government to consider the noble acts of Ekweremadu and temper justice with mercy.


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