Former deputy senate president of Nigeria, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice, have been arrested and charged for bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting.
The pair were charged to court on Thursday following an investigation by the police force’s specialist crime team.
According to investigation by Police detectives, they were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022.
“Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55 (10.9.66) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting,” the statement reads.
“Ike Ekweremadu, 60 (12.05.62) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.
According to ARISE Correspondent Adefemi Akinsanya at the Uxbridge magistrate court, the alleged victim is a homeless 15 year old boy who was brought to the UK by Mr and Mrs Ekweremadu, from the streets of Lagos under false pretence.
The Ekweremadus were arrested at Heathrow airport on their way to Istanbul.
They were planning to procure a kidney from a donor in Turkey, after their initial plan failed.
Senator Ekweremadu was in possession of $20,000.
The senator and his wife have been denied bail and the case adjourned till July 7th