The Uxbridge Magistrates Court in England has ruled that Nigeria’s former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Nwanneka will remain in custody till July 7, 2022.
Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested two days ago on the 21st June 2022 but were arraigned today for bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting.
Police revealed that the child is a 15-year old male child and the couple planned to harvest his organ.
At the court, they were denied bail and wil remain in custody till July 7.
Confirming the arrests Thursday in a statement, the Metropolitan Police said the pair were charged to court on Thursday following an investigation by the police’ specialist crime team.
The police added that the investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022.
“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.
“A child has been safeguarded and we are working closely with partners on continued support.
The police said as criminal proceedings are now under way, they will not be providing further details on the matter