Alleged Organ Trafficking: UK Court Remand Ex-Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, And Wife
Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, alongside his wife, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, has been denied bail and remanded in custody by a United Kingdom court over an allegation bordering on organ trafficking.
The UK Metropolitan Police had formally charged Ekweremadu and his wife with conspiracy to facilitate the travel of another person for organ harvesting in the UK.
Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested and charged over their plan to bring a child into the UK to allegedly harvest the said child’s organs.
The charges involve arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting, according to a Met statement on Thursday.
The victim whose travel was facilitated to the UK by the suspects was said to be a homeless 15-year-old boy picked from the streets of Lagos under false pretense.
The statement added that the investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offenses under modern slavery legislation in May 2022.
The BBC reports that when the suspects appeared at the Uxbridge magistrates court in west London on Thursday and were asked by the clerk for their address, they both replied: “Nigeria”.
The court heard the prosecution needed permission to proceed because of jurisdiction issues, according to the BBC report.
“In respect of these offenses, the (UK) Attorney General’s consent is required and the Crown requires 14 days for that to be obtained,” Prosecutor Damla Ayas told the court.
Most of the alleged offenses took place in the UK, magistrates heard.