The London Metropolitan Police has arrested two Nigerians; Ike Ekweremadu and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, charging both with conspiracy to traffic a child to the United Kingdom in order to harvest organs,

The news which hit mainstream media on Thursday, follows after the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime team embarked on an investigation to separate facts from allegations, on the said crime. The charges filed were also publicized 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 stated.

According to the Met, the arrested man and woman, possess same names and ages to that of the former Deputy Senate of Nigeria, and his wife; which was confirmed through biographical data provided to match their personal data availed. It was also gathered that Mr Ike Ekweremadu is a resident of the United Kingdom.

No statement has been released by representatives of Ekweremadu or his wife concerning the arrest; with Uche Anichukwu– Ekweremadu’s spokesperson failing to comment on the development. The London Metropolitan Police further stated that both Nigerians will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, but failed to speak further on the issue due to ongoing criminal proceedings.

The identity of the child has also been withheld by the police; while they assured that the victim is being safeguarded, with arrangements being made for continued support.

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