Ike Ekweremadu: Nigerian politician accused of trafficking children to UK to harvest organs

Written by Javed Iqbal

A senior Nigerian politician and his wife have appeared in one United Kingdom court accused of trying to trade a boy for Britain to harvest his organs.

Ike Ekweremadu, 60, a former vice president of the Nigerian Senate, and Beatrice Ekweremadu, 55, appeared in Uxbridge Magistrates Court on Thursday. They spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and to tell the judge that they live in Nigeria.

The couple is accused of conspiring to take a child from Lagos as part of a plot to harvest his organs.

The court heard the couple had a different address in Willesden in north-west London.

Sir. Ekweremadu, wearing a black shirt, and the financial accountant Ms. Ekweremadu, wearing a black knit cardigan with white stripes, both listened as the case against them was read out.

Prosecutor Damla Ayas said the case was unique because the majority of the alleged offenses took place in the UK but part of it is said to have taken place in Nigeria.

She said the public prosecutor must make a decision within 14 days on whether they can charge them in the UK for all the alleged offenses.

The couple were arrested at Heathrow on Tuesday (June 21) before boarding a flight to Turkey, the prosecutor added. Their passports have both been seized by authorities, the court heard.

The couple appeared in Uxbridge Magistrates Court this afternoon


The court heard that Mr Ekweremadu, as his lawyer said, is a member of the Nigerian bar.

Lawyers Gavin Irwin, representing Mr Ekweremadu, and Antonia Gray, representing Mrs Ekweremadu, said their clients should be put on bail under strict conditions, but their application was rejected.

Ike Ekweremadu was a visiting professor at the University of Lincoln in the East Midlands

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Lawyers said both of their clients denied the charges when interviewed by police. Sir. Irwin told the court: “He is a member of the Senate of Nigeria.

“He previously held an even more senior role as Vice President of the Senate of Nigeria. He has led an immaculate life as a public servant until now. “

The chairman of the bench, Lois Sheard, told them: “These are serious allegations and this case is now being adjourned to July 7 by this court.”

Police were warned of the potential offenses under modern slavery legislation last month. The child has been cared for by the security authorities and they Metropolitan police.

The force added: “As the criminal case is now underway, we will not provide further details.”

Additional reporting from SWNS

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