- Two people from Nigeria, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, have reportedly been arrested in the United Kingdom
- The two were said to have been arrested and charged for bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting
- It is not yet confirmed if tho arrested are Nigeria's former deputy Senate president and his wife who bear the same names
United Kingdom - Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, have been arrested and charged for bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting.
Legit.ng cannot confirm if those arrested are Nigeria’s former deputy senate president and his wife.
Confirming the arrests in a statement, the metropolitan police said the pair were charged to court on Thursday, June 23, following an investigation by the force’s specialist crime team, Sky News reported.
The police added that the investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022, according to Daily Mail.
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“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,” the statement reads.
“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.”
“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.”
2023: Ekweremadu suffers backlash for saying southeast will not vote for Peter Obi
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Ekweremadu was in a mix of criticism for his comment that the southeast region of Nigeria will not vote for the Labour Party flag bearer and ex-governor of Anambra state Peter Obi in the 2023 presidential polls.
The backlash started when a video of the PDP chieftain surfaced on social media where he stated that the southeast cannot afford to throw away their vote by voting Obi in the forthcoming presidential polls.
It was gathered that he made this comment shortly after Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was announced as running mate to PDP’s flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar.