Constitutional lawyer Kayode Ajulo has written to King Charles III, pleading for a prerogative of mercy for the former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, over their conviction by a British court.
“Your Majesty, though invigorated by your coronation, I witnessed the same with mixed emotions,” Mr Ajulo, a senior advocate, said. “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.”
Mr Ekweremadu, his wife and doctor, Obinna Obeta, were sentenced to nine years, four years and 10 years, respectively, in prison by an Old Bailey Court for violating British laws on kidney donation and transplant.
Mr Ajulo described the chronicle of Mr Ekweremadu and his wife as a sad one that left a bitter taste in the mouth.
He said their action was a “desperate” move by parents in their quest to save the life of their daughter Sonia”.
Mr Ajulo said 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 most unsavoury of ways.
He explained that Mr Ekweremadu may have chosen not to publicly advertise for a kidney donor to avoid swindlers who could take undue advantage of his daughter’s ailment.
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