FACT CHECK: Were the delegates sent to UK over Ekweremadu’s case arrested? | Dailytrust

FACT CHECK: Were the delegates sent to UK over Ekweremadu’s case arrested?

On Thursday, a high-powered Nigerian delegation was at the Westminster Court in London for the trial of Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President.

Former Senate President David Mark, whom Ekweremadu worked with; former senate minority leader, Eyinnanya Abaribe; former Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba; and Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Adamu Bulkachuwa, were all in court.

Officials of the Nigerian High Commission in United Kingdom were also at the court for the trial of Ekweremadu and Beatrice, his wife, who were arrested last month over alleged organ trafficiking.

A Twitter user claimed that members of the delegation were arrested. The post, which has gone viral, reads, “Breaking news: Delegates sent from Nigeria by the FG to get a lawyer that will defend Ike Ekweremadu, have all been arrested by the UK government.

“All the delegates sent were arrested, UK government narrated those delegates sent were on the UK wanted list for sponsoring Boko Haram.”

Verification

A fact check by Daily Trust revealed that the post is misleading.

The Twitter user also claimed that the Senate sent a delegation to get a lawyer for Ekweremadu. However, the Senate sent members of its committee on foreign affairs to find out more details on the case.

Conclusion: Daily Trust can confirm the post is misleading. It is clear that the author  has little understanding of the case.

This fact check was done in partnership with the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)

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