- Ike Ekweremadu and Nwanneka Ekweremadu to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Thursday afternoon
- The alleged child to have been trafficked for organs is now safe with the police
Ike Ekweremadu, a former Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, and his wife Nwanneka Ekweremadu have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to harvest the organs of a child in the UK. Both of them have been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later today.
They are both charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting. The child in question has been safeguarded.
Scotland Yard has not disclosed the gender or the age of the child – or the location of the arrests, but given that the suspects are appearing in court in Uxbridge, it is likely they were held at the nearby Heathrow Airport.
What Is Organ Harvesting?
Organ harvesting is the removal of some parts of the body, often for cash and against the victim’s will.
The investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offenses 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 percent 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.
‘They sell them into slavery and either murder, mutilate, torture, or work them to death.’