CRIMINAL PROSECUTION 15/09/2023
Benue Court Remands Man for Organ Harvesting
A Magistrate Court sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on Thursday remanded 20-year-old Aondoaseer Agbadu at Federal Maximum Correctional Centre for conspiracy and procurement for organ harvesting.
Agbadu was remanded at the correctional centre after the case came up for mention on Thursday and no plea was taken for want of jurisdiction.
At the mention of the case, the police prosecutor, Inspector, Godwin Ato, told the court that one Alexander Swati living opposite Benue Internal Revenue Service office, Aliade, headquarters of Gwer East local government area of the state had on August 27 reported a case at police station.
The case was later transferred from the Divisional Police Headquarters, Aliade, to State Criminal Investigation Department, Makurdi via letter NO.AR:3100/BNS/AL/VOL.4/258, dated August 30.
The prosecutor added that sometime in April, 2023, one Aondoaseer Agbadu living opposite Union Bank, Aliade, criminally conspired with others now at large, deceived and took his 17 years old son, Terungwa Swati, to Abuja.
He explained that while in Abuja, they operated on Terungwa and harvested one of his kidneys and sold it to another person without his consent and that of his son.
The prosecutor said during police investigation, Agbadu was arrested for committing the crime while others were still at large.
He said the accused contravened Sections 27 and 20 (1) (2) and (3) of the Trafficking in persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.
He said investigation into the matter was still ongoing and requested for additional time to complete it.
The Magistrate, Mr Taribo Atta, adjourned the case till October 23, 2023 for further mention.