Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice have been arrested in the United Kingdom on suspicions of plotting to harvest the organs of a child in the UK.
They were remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later today.
They are both charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.
The Met Police said a child has been safeguarded. But given the suspects are appearing in court in Uxbridge, it is likely they were held at the nearby Heathrow Airport.
Organ harvesting involves removing parts of the body, often for cash and against the victim’s will.
The investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022, the force said. In 2017 a former Nigerian government minister claimed that migrants from his country were having their organs harvested after being sold into slavery.
POLITICS NIGERIA cannot confirm as at the time of filing this report if the identity is that of Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.