LONDON: A Nigerian senator and his wife were remanded in custody in London on Thursday (June 23) on charges of plotting to bring a 15-year-old boy to the UK to harvest his organs, the BBC and police said.
Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, were both charged with conspiracy to arrange travel for another person for exploitation, namely the removal of organs, the court said. police.
Ekweremadu is an opposition senator in the southern state of Enugu, and also a former Deputy Speaker of the Senate.
Police said they were alerted to the alleged plan following reports of possible breaches of modern slavery laws. The child involved was brought to safety and work was underway to provide further support.
The couple appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in London, where the court heard the child involved was a 15-year-old boy, the BBC reported.
The prosecution told the court that the attorney general’s consent was required for the case to proceed due to jurisdictional issues, the BBC added, and the couple were remanded in custody until their next court appearance. court on July 7.
Neither Ekweremadu nor his wife could be reached for comment.