Former Deputy Senate President, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice, have been arrested in London for allegedly planning to harvest the organs of a child.
Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, both from Nigeria, have been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later on Thursday, Daily Mail reports.
They are both charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.
The Met said a child has been safeguarded. Scotland Yard has not given the gender or the age of the child – or the location of the arrests.
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.
Femi Fani-Kayode, a onetime aviation minister in Nigeria, claimed that 75 per cent of slaves who have their organs harvested in North Africa are from his country.
The Cambridge University-educated lawyer added that the victims have their ‘bodies mutilated’ and are ‘roasted like suya [shish kebabs]’. He went on: ‘Roasted alive! This is what Libyans do to sub-Saharan Africans who are looking for a transit point to Europe.
‘They sell them into slavery and either murder, mutilate, torture or work them to death.’
An Arise TV correspondent on UK said the couple picked a homeless 15-year-old boy, Ukpo Nwamini David, and promised him a good life in UK if he agreed to donate a kidney to their daughter, Sonia, who is battling for her life in a hospital.
When a doctor was to operate on him, he demanded to know his age.
The boy replied he was 15 and not 21 as allegedly claimed by Ekweremadu in his visa application for the boy
The doctor subsequently sent the boy home to where he was working as a domestic help.
The boy then sneaked out to a police station and reported the situation.
The police then swooped on the senator we he was heading to Istanbul, Turkey to procure another donor.
The magistrate has remanded him and his wife in custody till July 7, 2022.