Reports say Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, have been arrested and charged with bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting.
Salemgists could not independently verify if those arrested are Nigeria’s former deputy senate president and his wife, but the description given by the UK police fits into their profile.
The arrest is confirmed in a statement released by the metropolitan police. The statement said the pair were charged to court on Thursday following an investigation by the force’s 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.
The statement reads:
“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.
“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.”