Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice, have been arrested and charged to court for bringing a child to the United Kingdom for organ harvesting.
In a statement, UK’s Metropolitan Police said the couple were charged to court on Thursday following an investigation by its specialist crime team.
The Police added that the investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation last month.
“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.
“They have both been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later today.
“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 has been in the Nigerian Senate since 2003, representing Enugu West Senatorial District. He served as Deputy President in that Red Chamber for three terms (2007 to 2019) and failed in the bid to contest the 2023 Enugu State governorship election.