A Nigerian senator and his wife have today appeared in court accused of plotting to traffic a homeless child into the UK in order to harvest his organs.
Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, are charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.
Ike, a People’s Democratic Party politician for 19 years who was once Deputy President of the nation’s senate, was wearing a grey sweater while his wife was wearing a black and white knitted cardigan at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court today.
Prosecutor Damla Ayas said: ‘It is conspiracy in relation to human trafficking offences for the purposes of organ harvesting. The victim in this case is 15 years old.’
The couple were arrested two days ago on 21 June at Heathrow Airport before they flew to Turkey, the court heard.
Ms Ayas continued: ‘They were interviewed at the police station. Both of the defendants have provided a prepared statement.