London police arrest Nigerian senator over alleged plot to harvest body organs of child

Francis Akhalbey June 24, 2022
Ike Ekweremadu was arrested in the UK -- Photo Credit: The Guardian

Authorities in London have charged a Nigerian senator and his wife with plotting to bring a 15-year-old boy into the United Kingdom with the aim of harvesting his organs. According to BBC, 60-year-old Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, were arraigned before a Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

The couple were charged with conspiracy to arrange the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, specifically organ harvesting, Al Jazeera reported. “The investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offenses under modern slavery legislation, in May 2022,” a statement from London police on Thursday said.

Police also said the 15-year-old boy is now in safe hands, and officials are working to offer him extra support. 

Ekweremadu, who is also a barrister, once served as Nigeria’s deputy president of the Senate. He has held his senatorial position since 2003, and he’s a member of Nigeria’s main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He was also recently appointed as a visiting professor at the University of Lincoln, BBC reported.

The couple will remain in custody until their next court date. That is on July 7.


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