Since becoming a member of the National Assembly, former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has made headlines for the wrong reasons.
The legislator has been associated with at least four contentious situations, ranging from purported organ harvesting to allegations of corruption.
However, Ekweremadu made headlines on Thursday after the UK Metropolitan Police detained him and his wife, Beatrice, in London.
Here are a few instances of the Enugu politician getting into hot water:
Arrested for Organ Harvesting
The Specialist Crime Team of the UK Metropolitan Police detained Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, in London for allegedly conspiring to take a child’s organs.
The Metropolitan Police revealed in a statement on Thursday that the two had planned to help a youngster travel to the nation so they could take the child’s organs.
The pair, who had previously been accused before London’s Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court, was denied bail and kept in custody until July 7.
Disgraced In Enugu
Ekweremadu was humiliated and taken away in January 2021 at Ulunya, Ovoko, Igbo-Eze South LGA of Enugu State after some said thugs broke onto a football field where he kicked off a game.
The goalposts were reportedly taken down and the legislator and his entourage were allegedly forced out of the stadium by some hoodlums who did not like that a football tournament was sponsored by the Ekweremadu-owned Ike Oha Foundation.
Beaten in Germany
In 2019, Ekweremadu was attacked by alleged IPOB members as he was taking part in a cultural event in Germany.
The legislator, who issued a statement confirming the assault, said that the attackers belonged to the South-East breakaway organization Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
On social media, a video of the incident was extensively shared. In the footage, Ekweremadu is assaulted by a mob as he tries to enter the event’s site in Nuremberg, Germany.
The crowd attempted to bar the former deputy senate president from entering while yelling “go back” in the one-minute footage.
Accused of Forgery
Ekweremadu was placed on trial in front of an FCT high court in 2016 when he was the Deputy Senate President for allegedly forging the Senate Standing Rules from that year.
When the allegations against him before Justice Yusuf Haliru were read to him, he entered a plea of not guilty to the two counts of criminal conspiracy and forgery.
According to a PREMIUM TIMES investigation published in 2015, Nigerian senators under the leadership of Ekweremadu reportedly took N7.75 billion from the government over the course of four years to ostensibly study various provisions of the 1999 Constitution.
According to the newspaper’s investigation, the then-53-member House of Representatives Ad-hoc Constitution Review Committee and its 49-member counterpart in the Senate of the 7th National Assembly withdrew N3,250,000,000.00 and N4,500,000,000.00, respectively, between 2011 and 2015 to ostensibly carry out the fourth amendment to the Constitution.
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