Respected former Nigerian Senate President Ekweremadu and wife arrested for organ harvesting in UK

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A former Nigerian senator, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, have been arrested on conspiracy to arrange the travel of a child into the United Kingdom to harvest organs.

Ekweremadu, 60, a former deputy Senate president in Nigeria, was arrested following the couple's attempt to harvest a 15-year-old boy's organs for their sick daughter.

The charges follow an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime team after receiving an alert to a potential offence under modern slavery legislation in May 2022.

Ike Ekweremadu and Beatrice Ekweremadu
Ike Ekweremadu and Beatrice Ekweremadu

According to the prosecutor, Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, brought a 15-year-old homeless boy from Nigeria on the pretext of exposing him to a better life.

The family bought a botched passport for the underage, changing his age to 21-year-old to fool the hospital.

According to the Met police investigation, the underage boy, who is now safeguarded, escaped and told a doctor his actual age.

It was learned that the doctor informed the police, who commenced an investigation into the former Senator's dealings, leading to their arrest.

After failed plans, the family head to Istanbul, Turkey, to procure a kidney but were arrested at Heathrow airport.

The police said the couple had £20,000 in possession during the arrest.

The Senator's daughter, Sylvia Ekweremadu, had been sick, and she is currently on dialysis and requires a kidney transplant.

Ekweremadu, a respectable Nigerian and his wife took the wrong lane to save their daughter Sylvia by attempting to sacrifice a homeless 15-year-old boy.

During the proceedings, the defence lawyers pleaded with the Magistrate to release the couple, arguing that they were not a flight risk. However, the request was rejected, and they have been remanded in prison.

The case was adjourned to 7 July.

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