Former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice have been arrested by the Metropolitan Police in London for allegedly conspiring to arrange the travel of a child into the UK in order to harvest organs.
The London Metropolitan Police have charged two Nigerians with conspiracy to traffic a child to the United Kingdom in order to harvest organs, the law enforcement said on Thursday.
The accused – a woman and a man – have the same names and ages as Nigeria’s former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and wife Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu
Both are currently in custody awaiting arraignment at the Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court
The charges follow an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime team.
A statement on the Met Police website this Thursday reads,
“[A] 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.
“[B] 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”
The Met Police further added that “A child has been safeguarded and we are working closely with partners on continued support. As criminal proceedings are now under way we will not be providing further details”.
Ekweremadu’s spokesman Uche Anichukwu is yet to be reached for comments