For transporting a child to the UK for organ harvesting, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, have been detained and charged.
It is not so certain that the former deputy senate president of Nigeria and his wife were the ones detained, but the UK police’s description of them fits.
The couple were charged to court on Thursday following an investigation by the force’s specialized crime unit, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police confirming the arrests.
The inquiry was started, according to the police, after investigators were made aware of possible violations of the modern slavery statute in May 2022.
“Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55 (10.9.66) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the 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 the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.”
They are still in jail and are scheduled to appear in court at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later today.
They said that a child has been protected, and they are coordinating closely with partners to provide ongoing assistance.
They also added that they won’t be releasing any additional information because criminal processes are currently underway.