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Mixed reaction to Ekweremadus’ arrest divides Nigerians



…Trafficking case, strong – ex-NIS Compt-Gen, Babandede
…My heart, family with Ekweremadus – Peter Obi
…Wealthy Nigerians should learn from Ekweremmadu – Shehu Sani
…Alarm don blow – Charly Boy

THE arrest and detention of former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice in United Kingdom are generating mixed reactions from Nigerians who have commented on the saga.

  While some call for caution as more developments unfold, others say Ekweremmadu’s predicament will serve as bitter lessons to those who do whatever pleases them without any hoot on probable repercussions.

  Speaking on the saga during a television programme, yesterday, former Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, described Ekweremadu’s issue as a case of trafficking, not just a passport mix up.

  “I will be very specific to you that this issue is a case of trafficking issue, not only passports. The Metropolitan police are accusing Mr and Mrs Ekweremadu of trafficking a person for organ harvesting. And when we talk about trafficking, there are many issues involved, we are talking about the act itself, the process and the purpose,” Babandede said.

  In his own reaction, presidential candidate of Labour Party and one-time governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi identified with the Ike Ekweremadu family over their experience in United Kingdom.

Calling for caution in people’s reaction to the issue, Obi said his heart and family are with the senator as thy join other Nigerians in praying for Sonia Ekweremadu for her healing.

  “My family and I are with the Ekweremadus over their travail. We join all men of goodwill in praying for the healing of their daughter and commit them into God’s hand for justice to be done. -PO.” The former governor posted on his verified Twitter handle, yesterday.

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  Also commenting, Senator Shehu Sani cautioned wealthy Nigerians travelling with their young housemaids to be careful.

  Sani gave the warning in a post on his verified Facebook page, yesterday.

  “Wealthy people who are in the habit of traveling with their young housemaids abroad to help them take care of their kids should be careful. They should learn from what has happened to Senator Ekweremmadu in UK. If the housemaids decide to report that they were trafficked, the authorities of that country will step into the matter; and it will take you a long time to get out of trouble even if you are innocent,” he wrote.

  Similarly, veteran entertainer, Charles Oputa (aka Charly boy) has reacted to  Ekweremadu and wife’s arrest and detention over alleged organ harvesting.

  Describing it as a scandal, a post on Oputa’s Twitter Handle slammed Nigerian politicians for being reckless and desperate at all times.

  “Ekweremadu’s daughter needed a kidney transplant in London. Na im dem go pick another person pikin from one village, wey no reach 18yrs, wey no no suppoz be alive becos na poor man pikin he be, give am passport to Britain. Una see am, alarm don blow, Ekweremadu arrested. All these our demonic, reckless politicians, na so oyibo go dey help us catch dem one by one. Dem think na here,” he tweeted.

  It will be recalled that Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested in London, yesterday, for allegedly conspiring to commit human organ harvesting.

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