Man and woman from Nigeria are charged with conspiring to harvest organs from child
Man and woman, aged 60 and 55, charged with conspiracy to smuggle a child from Nigeria to the UK for organ harvesting
- Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, are both from Nigeria
- They will appear before the Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Thursday afternoon
- Child allegedly traded for organs is now safe with the police
A man and woman have been charged with conspiracy to bring a child to the UK to harvest organs, the Metropolitan Police said.
Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, both from Nigeria, have been remanded in custody and are due to appear in Uxbridge court later today.
They are both charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of another for the purpose of exploitation, namely organ harvesting.
The Met said a child is protected. Scotland Yard has not given the sex or age of the child – or the location of the arrests.
But as the suspects appear in court in Uxbridge, it’s likely they were detained at nearby Heathrow airport.
Organ harvesting involves removing body parts, often for commercial gain and against the will of the victim.
Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, both from Nigeria, have been remanded in custody and will appear in Uxbridge Court (pictured) later today
The investigation was launched after detectives were warned in May 2022 about possible violations under modern slavery law, police said.
In 2017, a former minister of the Nigerian government claimed that migrants from his country had their organs harvested after being sold into slavery.
Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Nigerian minister of aviation, claimed that 75 percent of slaves who have their organs harvested in North Africa come from his country.
The Cambridge-trained lawyer added that their “bodies are mutilated” and “roasted like suya [shish kebabs]† He continued: ‘Roasted alive! This is what Libyans are doing to sub-Saharan Africans looking for a transit point to Europe.
“They sell them into slavery and kill, mutilate, torture or work them to death.”