By Paul Michael,
Former Deputy Senate President and Senator representing Enugu West senatorial district, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife have been arrested in London.
Metropolitan Police disclosed this in a statement while adding that they were arrested and charged with bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting.
The child, whose identity was not disclosed, is said to be with the Metropolitan Police, while the Nigerian lawmaker and his wife are currently in custody pending a few hours when they would be arraigned at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court. The Trumpet Gathered
“A woman and a man were charged today with conspiring to arrange the travel of a child into the UK in order to harvest organs.
“The charges follow an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime team.
“[A] 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.
“[B] 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 have both been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later today,” the Metropolitan Police said.
According to the statement, the investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022.
Adding that the child has been safeguarded by the police who are working closely with partners on continued support.
“As criminal proceedings are now underway, we will not be providing further details,” the police added.
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