Metropolitan Police arrest Ekweremadu, wife for trafficking, organ harvesting in London

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By Victor Akaa, Abuja

The former Senate President of the 8th Assembly, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu have been arrested over human trafficking and organ harvesting related offences in the UK.

Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, are both from Nigeria

“They will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Thursday afternoon.”

According to the report sighted on the Dailymail, the UK based media outlet, the child alleged to have been trafficked for organs is now safe with the police.

Both of them have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to harvest the organs of a child in the UK.

“Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, both from Nigeria, have been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later today.

“They are both charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.

“The Met said a child has been safeguarded. Scotland Yard has not given the gender or the age of the child – or the location of the arrests.

“But given the suspects are appearing in court in Uxbridge, it is likely they were held at the nearby Heathrow Airport.

“Organ harvesting involves removing parts of the body, often for cash and against the victim’s will.

“The investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022, the force said.

“In 2017 a former Nigerian government minister claimed that migrants from his country were having their organs harvested after being sold into slavery.

“Femi Fani-Kayode, a onetime aviation minister in Nigeria, claimed that 75 per cent of slaves who have their organs harvested in North Africa are from his country.

“The Cambridge University-educated lawyer added that the victims have their ‘bodies mutilated’ and are ‘roasted like suya [shish kebabs]’.

“He went on: ‘Roasted alive! This is what Libyans do to sub-Saharan Africans who are looking for a transit point to Europe.”

Additional report by Dailymail

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