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Reps probe illicit harvest, exportation of 7, 200 p*nises, other human organs to China

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The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the illicit trade in human sexual organs, (penis) from which perpetrator estimatedly generates between $600m to $1.2 billion annually.

The House therefore mandates its Committee on Human Rights and National Security and Intelligence, to investigate the whole gamut of the value 
chain known as Red Market or illicit market in human organs and report back within ten (10) weeks for further legislative action.

This resolution was reached at the Green Chamber at Thursday’s plenary, following the unanimous adoption of a motion: “Need to investigate Illicit Trade in Human Organs,”sponsored by Rimamnde Kwewum and Olajide Olatubosun.

Kwewum, while moving the motion said about two weeks ago, acting on information provided by an anonymous source, Chinese authorities seized a cargo ship that sailed from Nigeria with 7,200 refrigerated penises, found in 36 boxes labeled, ‘plantain’ on the ship that harboured at the Shanghai port called Red Market.

He noted that the Chinese General Administration of Customs had alerted 
an increasingly large number of armed groups in Africa using human organs, harvested in unsanitary conditions to 
finance their nefarious activities.

The lawmaker also recalled that few years earlier, the media informed of horrifying stories of Nigerian and other 
African male organs, stranded in Libya for sale in Europe, the Middle East, America and China.

“I am aware that increasing cases of missing persons, ritual killings and trafficking of persons out of the country may be linked to the Red Market which can be attributed to the trafficking of young men and women, ending up as 
victims of organ harvesting.

“Also, I am aware that the increased banditry, kidnappings and spiraling violence in several parts of the country today make those parts of the country 
vulnerable and provide safe havens and ready supply channels for the illicit activities; 

Concerns harvest of organs, can only be done by medical surgeons with the aid of rogue public officials,” Kwewum stated.

He expressed concern that 
perpetrators are encouraged by poor security situations to use the third world as the major suppliers noting that the World Health Organization WHO in 1987, declared that illegal trade violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as taking unfair advantage of the poorest and most vulnerable groups in the world.

“We remain cognizant that the International Community made efforts to curb the menace of Red Market, such as the Istanbul Declaration urging professionals to put an end to the unethical actions where organs of unfortunate victims of economic migrants and human trafficking in Europe and the Middle East are ripped off, thereby constituting a gross abuse of the rights to life of Nigerians and other victims.”

He warned that if nothing is done to curb this criminal act, “more criminals will set up shops dealing in human 
organs in Nigeria, taking advantage of insecurity in the country.”