Kayode Ajulo, a constitutional lawyer, has written to King Charles III, the monarch of the United Kingdom (UK), pleading for a prerogative of mercy for a former Deputy-Senate President of Nigeria, Ike Ekweremadu, and wife, Beatrice, over their conviction by a UK court.
It would be recalled that Ekweremadu, his wife, Beatrice; and doctor, Obinna Obeta; were sentenced to nine years, four years and 10 years, respectively, in prison by an Old Bailey Court. The sentencing follows their conviction in March for organ trafficking. The Ekweremadus’ sick daughter, Sonia, was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Ajulo said in his letter:
“Your Majesty, though invigorated by your coronation, I witnessed the same with mixed emotions. “Ekweremadu and his wife have been convicted and sentenced accordingly and I plead that you graciously and mercifully invoke the Royal Prerogative of Mercy in favour of the couple.”
Furthermore, the legal practitioner explained that the action of the Ekweremadus was a “desperate” move by parents in their quest to save the life of their daughter, Sonia. Ajulo stated that the lady in question was in dire need of a kidney transplant, but unfortunately, her parents and their doctor went about the mission in the wrong way.
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