At the beginning of trial today on the case of alleged organ harvesting involving Nigerian Senator, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice at the United Kingdom, a Westminster Magistrate Court ruled that the alleged donor, David Nwamini Ukpo, is 21 and not 15 years old.
Ukpo reportedly, told the court that he is 21 years old and had been in the UK since February but only presented himself to the police in May.
Ekweremadu and his wife appeared in the court on Thursday following their arrest last month over the allegation of conspiracy to harvest organ of Ukpo, an indigene of Ebonyi State for their daughter who has complications and needed kidney transplant.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges against them as the case has been transferred to the Central Criminal Court.
The court adjourned till August 4 and ordered that Ekweremadu and wife be remanded until the next hearing.
The admittance of Ukpo, the alleged donor victim, that he is 21, has laid to rest the issue of under-aged.
Counsel to the defendant also denied the allegations of exploitation laid by Ukpo.
Some members of the Senate and delegates from the Nigerian High Commission were present at the court hearing.
Also present were former Senate President David Mark, former Senate Minority Leader Eyinnanya Abaribe; Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Adamu Bulkachuwa and former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.