Nigerian Senator Ike Ekweremadu and wife, Beatrice have been arrested and detained for transporting a child to the UK for organ harvesting.
The couple were charged to court on Thursday after an investigation by the force’s specialised crime unit, according to the metropolitan police, who confirmed the arrests in a statement.
According to the police, the investigation into the case started when detectives received a tip in May 2022, about possible violations of the modern slavery statute.
“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.”
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