Double whammy: UK varsity strips Ekweremadu of ‘visiting professor’ status
The University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom has banned Senator Ike Ekweremadu, a visiting professor to the university who has been charged by British authorities of trying to ‘harvest organs from a 15-year that had been trafficked to the UK using a fake passport’.
Ekweremadu was appointed a visiting professor by the university but the position is only advisory without pay. A visiting professor does not have to be resident in the UK.
Shortly after his appointment, he tweeted: ‘It was a pleasure and an honour to receive a letter of appointment by the University of Lincoln, UK, as Visiting Professor of Corporate and International Linkages. I also got a highly treasured gift – a copy of the Magna Carta. It was created in 1215, about 807 years ago’, reports the Daily Mail of UK.
His ordeal blew open when a consultant working in a NHS hospital refused to remove the vital organ a 15-year-old who was allegedly trafficked to London from the streets of Lagos by the former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate and his wife, a court heard.
Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Ekweremadu, 55, are accused of taking the homeless youngster to the UK from Nigeria to transplant his organs into their daughter who is suffering from kidney failure.
A University of Lincoln Spokesperson said: ‘Visiting professors are often, as is in this case, non-resident at the university, unpaid and advisory.
‘We are deeply concerned about the nature of these allegations but as this is an active police investigation, we cannot comment further at this stage.
‘Whilst this matter is subject to investigation, this person will not be undertaking any duties as visiting professor at Lincoln.’
The doctor at the Royal Free in Camden became suspicious about whether the alleged victim was aware he was the donor of the kidney and whether he was 41 as his passport claimed.
The 15-year-old was given the passport of a 41-year-old in order to get into the UK, but did not know he was there to donate a kidney until he went a hospital appointment in London, a court heard yesterday.
After he arrived in the capital in February he had a string of medical appointments about kidney donation, but a consultant at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, North London, became concerned about the boy’s real age and if he knew he was there to donate an organ, it is alleged.
Prosecutor Damla Ayas told Uxbridge Magistrates Court Friday: ‘The victim was 15. In Nigeria he was approached by both defendants. He was homeless on the streets of Lagos. They deceived him and promised him a better life in the UK. He was given a passport for a 41-year-old. The passport was illegally obtained by these defendants.
‘He was provided with a medical travel visa saying the purpose of the travel was to provide medical treatment for the defendants’ daughter who was undergoing dialysis in relation to a number of health issues.
‘It was premeditated, it was planned. Blood tests were obtained in Nigeria and he travelled to the UK in February this year.