Nigerian couple accused of plotting to take child to UK to harvest organs

Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, were charged with conspiracy to arrange another person’s trip for the purpose of exploitation, i.e., organ harvesting, police said.

Ekweremadu is an opposition senator in the southern state of Enugu and a former vice president of the Senate.

Police said they were alerted to the alleged plan after reports of possible offenses under modern slavery legislation. The child involved was taken to a safe place and work was underway to provide additional support.

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

The prosecution told the court that the attorney general’s consent was necessary for the case to proceed because of jurisdictional issues, the BBC added, and the couple were held in custody until their next court hearing on 7 July.

Neither Ekweremadu nor his wife could be reached for comment.

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