By Emmanuel Antswen
A 20-year-old man, Aondoaseer Agbadu has been docked before Magistrate’s Court in Benue for allegedly harvesting and selling the kidney of a 17-year-old in Abuja, the Federal Capital territory.
The father of the victim, identified as Alexander Swati reported the illegal harvesting of his son’s kidney at Aliade Police Station in Benue on Aug. 27, according to prosecutor, Insp. Godwin Ato.
According to the prosecutor Agbadu criminally conspired with others still at large in April, deceived and took Swati’s 17-year-old son to Abuja where he was operated upon and one of his kidneys harvested.
The kidney, he added, was sold to people still at large just as the entire operation was conducted without the consent of the father or of the victim.
He said the crime contravened the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act (2015).
Ato also told the court that the police investigation was still ongoing and requested for additional time to prosecute the accused thoroughly.
The court did not take Agbadu’s plea for want of jurisdiction.
Presiding Magistrate Taribo Atta directed that the case file be sent to the Director of Public Prosecution for advice and remanded Agbadu at the Federal Maximum Correctional Centre, Makurdi.
Atta thereafter adjourned the case to Oct. 23 for mention.