Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu were on Thursday denied bail by Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in London
Ike Ekweremadu and his wife will remain in custody till 7th July, 2022.
The Senator representing Enugu West Senatorial zone and his wife were reportedly arrested by the Metropolitan police over alleged conspiracy to bring a child to the UK in order to harvest organs.
A Met Police statement said: “A woman and a man were charged today with conspiring to arrange the travel of a child into the UK in order to harvest organs.
“The charges follow an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime team.
“[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.
“They have both been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later today.
“The investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022.
“A child has been safeguarded and we are working closely with partners on continued support.
“As criminal proceedings are now under way we will not be providing further details.”