A former Deputy Senate President and sitting senator, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Nwanneka Ekweremadu have been arrested in the UK.
According to the police, the duo have been charged with conspiring to bring a child to the UK in order to harvest organs. They are expected to appear before the Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court today.
The arrest of the 60-year-old Senator and his 55-year-old wife was confirmed in a statement by the Metropolitan Police.
The charges before them according to the statement are,
[A] 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.
[B] 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.
The gender of the child was not confirmed but the statement from the police also said,
“The investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022. 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.”
Ike Ekweremadu is a Nigerian politician and lawyer from Enugu State. He has served in the Nigerian Senate since May 2003 and served as the Deputy President of the Senate for three consecutive (6th, 7th and 8th) senate.
He is also a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).