Security operatives from the Police command in Imo State have arrested an Owerri-based pro-life medical practitioner, Dr Phillip Njemanze.
Njemanze is also the Chairman, Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners in the state.
Njemanze had, during a briefing on February 4 by medical doctors in the state accused Governor Rochas Okorocha of participating in a human organ trafficking cartel, an allegation the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Chidi Ibe, described as laughable and baseless.
At the briefing, while analysing Okorocha’s earlier decision on the concession of existing general hospitals and 27 others under construction to unlicensed expatriate physicians, Njemanze stated that with the flaws in the newly-passed National Health Bill, the governor may be collaborating with expatriate doctors to run an organ trafficking cartel in the state.
Njemanze, who doubles as the Owerri Archdiocese Chairman of Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, had about two years ago, spearheaded the agitation that forced the state government to reverse itself and repeal the Imo Law No. 12 of 2012 popularly known as the ‘Abortion Law’ for which prolife groups in the state had accused Governor Okorocha for legalising abortion in the state.
The group had petitioned the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Nigeria’s National Health Act 2014 and the Biosafety Act 2015, describing them as violations of UN’s universal declaration of human rights, saying the two bills were sponsored by international organ trafficking cartel to aid harvesting of peoples organ without query.
According to him, the Primary Health Care centres have no business with organ transfer, noting that section 48 and 51 of the National Health Bill is about taking people’s organ with waived consent, adding that Nigeria has been targeted as a harvest base.
In recent times, Dr Njemanze said private medical practice is in danger as the bill advocates for their closure just as he condemned the situation where the 27 committee members that deliberated over the bill had 18 foreign members and described it as international conspiracy and a treasonable offence.
He demanded that all the people involved in the passing of the National Health Scheme bill be tried for criminal offence, saying the bill facilitates human organ transfer and will create dire consequences for the nation.
When contacted, the police Spokesman, DSP Andrew Enwerem, said he was not aware of Njemanze’s arrest and queried if he was a politician and why journalists were calling to confirm.
But sources at Njemanze’s hospital told newsmen that he was whisked away by the police to the state police headquarters.