Two Nigerians were said to have been charged by the London Metropolitan Police with conspiracy to traffic a child to the United Kingdom in order to harvest organs, the law enforcement said on Thursday.
The accused happened to be a man and a woman having the same names and ages surprisingly as Nigeria’s former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and wife Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu.
The police said the charges followed an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime team and gave some details of the accused as follows:[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 investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022,” the police said.
The pieces of biographical data provided match the publicly available personal data of Mr Ekweremadu, a serving senator and former Deputy Senate President, and her wife.From an investigation,it was learnt that Mr Ekweremadu is a UK resident.Mr Ekweremadu’s spokesperson, Uche Anichukwu, has been contacted but was yet to respond to the questions given.
“They have both been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later today,” Met said.“As criminal proceedings are now underway we will not be providing further details,” Met added. While the police did not state the gender of the child, they said “A child has been safeguarded and we are working closely with partners on continued support.”