The Plateau State High Court, presided over by Justice D.G. Fombing, yesterday remanded three suspected organ harvesters, Noah Kekere, Dr. Phillip Dachung, and Mr. Yusuf Abdullahi, at the Jos Correctional Centre.
The suspects were remanded after their arraignment at State High Court 9 by the state Director of Public Prosecutor, Barrister David Williams.
Mr. Kekere was arrested by the police following the alleged removal of the right kidney of one Mrs. Kehinde Kamaru during an appendix operation at his Murna Clinic and Maternity, located in Yanshanu community of Jos North local government area of the state.
In a suit no. PL/H164/2023 between the people of Plateau State and Mr. Noah Kekere, Dr. Philip Dachung, and Yusuf Abduallahi, the state government, in the four-count charge, accused the defendants of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, causing grievous hurts, and removing, selling, and trafficking the kidneys of Mrs. Kehinde Kamaru.
The charges, according to the prosecutor, are contrary to Section 58 and punishable under Sections 59 and 108 (1) of the Plateau State Penal Code Law 2017.
After reading the charges, the defendants pleaded not guilty.
The presiding judge, however, slated January 18 and 19, 2024, for hearings on the substantive suit.