Nigerian couple charged with conspiracy to bring child to UK to harvest organs

Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, were both charged with conspiracy to arrange the travel of another person for the purpose of exploitation, namely organ harvesting, police said.

Ekweremadu is an opposition senator in the southern state of Enugu, and also a former Senate Vice President.

Police said they had been made aware of the alleged plan after reports of possible violations under modern slavery law. The child involved has been taken to safety and extra support is being worked on.

The pair appeared before the Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in London, where the court was told the child involved was a 15-year-old boy, the BBC reported.

The prosecutor told the court that the attorney general’s consent was needed for the case to proceed due to jurisdictional issues, the BBC added, and the pair were kept in custody until the next court appearance on July 7.

Neither Ekweremadu nor his wife were available for comment.