CONTROVERSIES SURROUNDING FORMER DEPUTY SENATE PRESIDENT, IKE EKWEREMADU

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Nigerian lawmaker, Ike Ekweremadu has become a trending topic again, this time for the wrong reason. The controversial senator has been 1arrested alongside his wife in the United Kingdom for an allegedly bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting.

Prior to his latest controversy, he was also caught in a cross-fire of social media backlash for his comment on Peter Obi’s presidential bid.

The former deputy senate president of Nigeria’s 9th legislative assembly, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has been caught in the hit of another major controversy.

Ekweremadu who is in his 19th year in the red chamber of the national assembly has never been far away from controversies.

Some of the controversies the Enugu-born politician has been involved in over the years include:

1. The beating in Germany

This is probably the most infamous controversy of Ike Ekweremadu’s political stint spanning over two decades. In August 17, 2019, he was said to have visited Nuremberg, Germany for the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organized by Ndi-Igbo Germany when he was attacked by an irate mob.

Ekweremadu was attacked by some aggrieved members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). It was gathered that the angry mob stormed the venue and began to quiz the then-deputy senate president over the incessant killings of Igbos when the Nigerian army staged the Operation Crocodile Smile and Python Dance. Not so long, video surfaced on social media where Ekweremadu was seen trying to scamper for safety during the attack.

2. Social media backlash for downplaying Peter Obi’s chances for presidency.

This is one of the most recent of Ekweremadu’s controversies over the years. The Peoples Democratic Party’s chieftain was heavily criticized on social media over his comment on Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

In another video that surfaced on social media, Senator Ekweremadu was seen stating that the southeast cannot afford to throw away their vote by voting Peter Obi in the forthcoming presidential polls. It was gathered that he made this comment shortly after Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was announced as running mate to PDP’s flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar. His comment was greeted with numerous criticism and backlash on social media.

3. Corruption allegations, detainment in EFCC custody.

Sometime in July, 2018 the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) invited Ekweremadu for questioning on allegations of corruption. His invitation became public hours after EFCC operatives laid a siege to the lawmaker’s home at Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja.

He was alleged of sharp practices in recent years, including claims that he forged Senate standing rules which led to the controversial election of principal officers in June 2015. He was also been accused of owning multiple properties abroad, some allegedly purchased using shell firms and political associates fronting for him.

4. Ekweremadu, wife arrested in UK for bringing child for organ harvesting.

Most recently, news reports begun to make the rounds that Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, have been arrested and charged for bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting. International media outlets like Sky News, BBC and Daily Mail reported the arrest.

Confirming the arrests in a statement, the metropolitan police said the pair were charged to court on Thursday, June 23, following an investigation by the force’s specialist crime team, Sky News reported.

The police added that the investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022, according to Daily Mail.

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