Nigerian senator Ike Ekweremadu accused of organ-harvesting plot

By Rek Hanibal Published on June 24, 2022
Nigerian senator Ike Ekweremadu accused of organ-harvesting plot

Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and his wife Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court in west London earlier on Thursday.

The 15-year-old alleged victim has been taken into the care of. The Met Police said agencies were working to support him.

The court heard that Mr Ekweremadu, a politician and a barrister, was deputy president of the Senate.

The defendants live in Nigeria but have family in London, magistrates were told. Both are accused of conspiracy to arrange and facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation.

The clerk asked the pair for their address, and they both replied: "Nigeria".

The court heard the prosecution needed permission to proceed because of jurisdiction issues.

Prosecutor Damla Ayas told the court: "In respect of these offences, the (UK) Attorney General's consent is required, and the Crown requires 14 days for that to be obtained."

Most of the alleged offences took place in the UK, magistrates heard. The Ekweremadus arrested two days ago has been remanded in custody to appear at the same court on 7 July.

Rek Hanibal

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