*UK court remands fmr Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, wife in custody until July 7
*Charged by Metropolitan police for bringing a child to UK for organ harvesting
*That child was said to have “been safeguarded” by Police operatives
*Police said they were charged after investigation by Specialist crime team
By our correspondent
Former two-term Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Nwanneka have been remanded in custody in the United Kingdom on allegation of bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting.
The Uxbridge Magistrates’ court which denied the duo bail, ruled that they would remain in custody until July 7
The arraignment and detention of Ekweremadu, who is a serving Senator representing Enugu West and his partner was sequel to the UK Metropolitan police allegation that they were charged to court over the allegation of bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting.
The UK metropolitan police said the duo were charged following an investigation by the police’ specialist crime team.
The police added that the investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022.
“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,” a statement by the police 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.”
The child was said to have “been safeguarded”, while the police added that its operatives “are working closely with partners on continued support”.
Also, the Metropolitan police in a statement said that ‘criminal proceedings are now underway, we will not be providing further details’.
It was further gathered that the British High Commission had been directed to trace the family of the alleged victim for further investigation as the victim is believed to be a minor.
However, a document in circulation seen by Nigerian Pilot indicated that Ike Ekweremadu had in December 2021, written a letter to the British High Commission about a kidney donation for his daughter, Ms. Sonia.
In the letter, the former Deputy Senate President said he was writing in support of a visa applicant who was scheduled for “medical investigations for a kidney donation to Ms Sonia Ekweremadu”.
He said the donor and his daughter “will be at the Royal Free Hospital London”, adding that he would “be providing the necessary funding”.
“I have enclosed a statement of my bank account,” he added.
“Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require additional information. Please accept the assurances of my highest regards”, the letter concluded.