Nigerian politician Ike Ekweremadu charged with conspiring to traffic child to harvest organs

Police say the child is being safeguarded. Credit: Ike Ekweremadu and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu.

A Nigerian politician is due to appear in court is charged with conspiring to bring a child to the UK to harvest their organs, the Met Police say.

Ike Ekweremadu, 60, a district senator and lawyer, has been charged alongside a second defendant, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, with conspiracy to arrange and/or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation.

Both have been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later on Thursday (23 June), the Metropolitan Police said.

The child – whose age is unknown – has been taken into care.

The investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022, the force said.

Ike Ekweremadu is a Nigerian politician and lawyer, who has served in the Senate of Nigeria since 2003 and was the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate.

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