The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has vowed to ensure justice for victims of alleged illegal human organ harvesting in Plateau, involving one Noah Kekere and two other suspects.
WikkiTimes has reported that Kekere and his accomplice who are currently in Police custody were alleged to have harvested a woman’s kidney during surgery in a hospital in Jos.
It was further gathered that Dr. Noah Kerekere, a private medical practitioner, turned mad while in a police cell a few days after he was arrested for allegedly removing the right kidney of Mrs Kehinde Kamal in Jos.
Alhaji Kamal, Kehinde’s husband, reported at the Nasarawa Gwon Police Division that sometime in 2018, Dr Kerekere removed the kidney of his wife. Police arrested Dr. Kerekere on September 6th.
In an interview on Tuesday with NAPTIP Director of Legal and Prosecution, Hassan Tahir said the agency was on the issue and had carried out its own investigation on the matter.
“The police is currently carrying out their own investigation and justice will be served on the matter at the end. We have conducted our own investigations. The law gives us the power to prosecute. We are cooperating with the police and also closely monitoring the case to ensure that justice is served. We also understand that the suspect runs a hospital but he is not a member of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA),” he said.
Tahir noted that the issue of illegal organ harvesting was becoming rampant, ”NAPTIP has organised a series of awareness campaigns to curtail it. We went to markets and hospitals to create more awareness, sensitising and educating people on the ills of organ harvesting.
He pointed out that NAPTIP is currently investigating five more cases of organ harvesting, calling on the perpetrators of the evil act to desist from such.