Nigerian senator Ike Ekweremadu and wife charged traffikingc a child to UK for organ harvesting
Senior Nigerian politician Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and his academic wife, 55, are charged with conspiracy to bring a child from Nigeria to the UK for organ harvesting
- Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, are both from Nigeria
- Mr Ekweremadu is a politician of the People’s Democratic Party who was once Vice-Chairman of the country’s Senate
- His wife is an academic and doctor in Abuja. Couple visited the UK in June
- They will appear before the Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Thursday afternoon
- Child allegedly traded for organs is now safe with the police
The Nigerian couple arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to harvest the organs of a child in the UK are one of the West African nation’s leading politicians and his wife, MailOnline, can reveal today.
Ike Ekweremadu, 60, a politician from the People’s Democratic Party for 19 years and once vice president of the country’s senate, was detained in Britain this month along with Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55.
Mr Ekweremadu has been an elected senator in parliament in Abuja since 2003, after entering politics after years as a lawyer. His wife, five years his junior, is an academic and doctor and also an important public figure in Nigeria. They would have four grown children.
They are both charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of another for the purpose of exploitation, namely organ harvesting. They have been remanded in custody and will appear before the Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court today.
The Metropolitan Police has said the child, who is under 18, is at the center of the alleged plot. Organ harvesting involves removing body parts, often for cash and against the will of the victim.
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.
Ekweremadu has been in the UK for at least the past two weeks and met members of the Nigerian community in Britain about ten days ago in Lincoln.
He tweeted: ‘It was a pleasure and an honor to receive a letter of appointment from the University of Lincoln, UK, as Visiting Professor of Corporate and International Linkages. I also received a very precious gift – a copy of the Magna Carta. It was founded in 1215, about 807 years ago’.
Ike Ekweremadu, 60, a politician from Nigeria’s People’s Democratic Party, and his wife Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, have been detained on suspicion of conspiracy to harvest the organs of a child in the UK
Ekweremadu has been in the UK for at least the past two weeks, meeting members of the Nigerian community in Britain in Lincoln (pictured right) and receiving a copy of the Magna Carta.
Ekweremadu has been elected senator to the parliament of Abuja since 2003, after entering politics after years as a lawyer
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.”
The couple are two of the most famous faces in the West African state and had been visiting the UK when they were arrested
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